Foxton home detention for burglary
The boring town of Foxton will be a temptation-free zone for a Mana methamphetamine addict on home detention, the Porirua District Court heard last Tuesday.
Hayden Paul Rizvi, 22, was sentenced to nine months’ home detention for burglary and receiving stolen goods.
Before his arrest, Rizvi used to use meth seven times a day and had 31 previous convictions.
His lawyer, Andrew More, said Rizvi would recuperate well in Foxton, ‘‘where, to be fair, there isn’t a lot going on’’.
‘‘Although boredom sometimes makes people do funny things,’’ Judge Bill Hastings said.
Foxton police were unenthusiastic about Rizvi’s relocation and one of Rizvi’s co-offenders was hiding from police nearby in Horowhenua, but Judge Hastings was willing to trust Rizvi to behave in the small Manawatu town.
‘‘I’m prepared to take a chance,’’ he said.
On July 23 at 4am, Rizvi drove with Johnathan Shane Ruri and another associate to Parapara- umu, where they tried to kick in the door of KCT Streetwear.
The trio then drove away before returning 40 minutes later with a crowbar and an axe and smashing in the shop’s door.
They stole 40 items of clothing and returned to Ruri’s house, where the police found them a few hours later.
Rizvi’s second charge relates to a stolen Yamaha scooter he was riding in Tawa on August 22.
He saw a police car ahead, did a u- turn, then abandoned the scooter and ran home.
Police discovered the scooter did not belong to Rizvi.
Mr More said his client was ready to address his drug addiction. Rizvi’s father used to be a ‘‘big time’’ addict, Mr More said.
‘‘While there do appear to be some family issues there, the family is beating those issues and the father can supply some advice and support to Mr Rizvi,’’ he said.
‘‘He does have the acknowledgement and desire to change.’’
Eleven family members and friends were present in court to support Rizvi.
Judge Hastings said Rizvi’s burglary was premeditated and he risked becoming a recidivist burglar. However, Rizvi had blossomed in prison and had written a letter of remorse for his ‘‘stupid actions’’, Judge Hastings said.
‘‘You need to strike while the iron is hot. You need to motivate yourself to change your life and get yourself off methamphetamine.’’
Rizvi will attend a residential addiction treatment programme in January and was ordered to pay $1127 reparation.