Bur­gled vic­tim goes on bur­glary spree

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A Can­nons Creek woman who went on a bur­glary spree was her­self the vic­tim of a home invasion, Porirua Dis­trict Court heard last Tues­day.

Maria Hen­dricka Brown, 42, also known as Maria Hen­dricka In­thout, was sen­tenced to eight months’ home de­ten­tion on seven charges of bur­glary, four of re­ceiv­ing stolen goods and one of theft from a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

The crimes all hap­pened in a ‘‘spree’’ over six months from April till Septem­ber this year, so did not mark Brown as a re­cidi­vist bur­glar, her lawyer An­drew More said.

Brown broke into homes and garages in Porirua, Tawa and John­sonville, mainly tak­ing jew­ellery, cos­met­ics and elec­tronic equip­ment.

On July 6, she broke into a play­house in a res­i­den­tial gar­den and moved fur­ni­ture to get at a rug she wanted to steal, then stole some of the fur­ni­ture, too.

In another house she was dis­turbed by the occupant while in the act of bur­gling.

The stolen items she re­ceived from oth­ers in­cluded a pro­jec­tor, jew­ellery, bank cards and $207 worth of Filipino pe­sos.

Brown had also met her vic­tims at a restora­tive jus­tice con­fer­ence and wanted to give them back their stolen goods or pay them com­pen­sa­tion, Mr More said.

Judge John Walker agreed Brown was strug­gling to deal with ter­ri­ble events in her life.

‘‘ Not sur­pris­ingly, you’ve taken some refuge in the use of drugs, par­tic­u­larly metham­phetamine,’’ he said.

How­ever, Brown’s im­pact on her vic­tims had been sub­stan­tial, Judge Walker said.

‘‘The ef­fects on vic­tims of bur­glary are well-known. A sense of hav­ing your pri­vate space in­vaded, a sense al­ways that some­body has been through your house and a feel­ing of no safety.

‘‘Those ef­fects stay with you for a long time.’’

One of Brown’s vic­tims was in court for her sen­tenc­ing, as was her daugh­ter.

Con­di­tions of Brown’s home de­ten­tion in­clude a ban from al­co­hol or drugs, un­der­go­ing psy­chi­atric as­sess­ment, and get­ting coun­selling for al­co­hol, drugs and gam­bling.

She must pay $8300 in repa­ra­tion to her vic­tims.

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