Meth ad­dict’s fines wiped

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A Porirua metham­phetamine ad­dict has had $36,000 of fines wiped by a judge, be­cause he can­not serve pe­ri­odic de­ten­tion ow­ing to the easy avail­abil­ity of drugs.

Johnathan Shane Ruri, 30, ac­crued the fines for ve­hi­cle of­fences and bur­glar­ies since 2006, Porirua Dis­trict Court heard last Tues­day.

Fines can usu­ally be sub­sti­tuted for pe­ri­odic de­ten­tion at a rate of one hour for ev­ery $100.

How­ever, pro­ba­tion of­fi­cers ad­vised Judge Bill Hast­ings that be­cause of Ruri’s ad­dic­tion, pe­ri­odic de­ten­tion was not suit­able.

Judge Hast­ings asked how much money Ruri had in sav­ings, and agreed to take Ruri’s $300 and re­mit the rest. ‘‘It might be a ges­ture of good­will,’’ he said. Ruri was con­victed the same day of bur­glary, re­ceiv­ing stolen goods and pos­ses­sion of cannabis.

On July 23 at 4am he broke into KCT Ruri’s house, and while there, found 343 grams of cannabis in Ruri’s bath­room.

Ruri had 88 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and had sig­nif­i­cant drug prob­lems, us­ing metham­phetamine ev­ery day at the time of his of­fend­ing, Judge Hast­ings said.

How­ever, the bur­glary was done at night in a com­mer­cial area, so did not pose any risk to the pub­lic, Judge Hast­ings said.

Since be­ing charged, Ruri had been in Rimu­taka prison and was highly mo­ti­vated to change, Judge Hast­ings said.

In a let­ter to pro­ba­tion, Ruri wrote: ‘‘Now that I’m straight I re­gret it hard out. It af­fected lots of peo­ple.’’

Judge Hast­ings sen­tenced Ruri to seven months’ home de­ten­tion, to be served in Palmer­ston North.

He will at­tend a res­i­den­tial ad­dic­tion treat­ment pro­gramme next year, must pay $ 1107 in repa­ra­tion, and his car was con­fis­cated by the po­lice.

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