Shoplifter’s ‘dumb de­ci­sion’

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT -

A sin­gle Porirua East mother wants to set a bet­ter ex­am­ple for her young chil­dren af­ter shoplift­ing three times this year.

Kelly Tira Ehetera Arai, 23, was con­victed of three counts of shoplift­ing last Tues­day at Porirua Dis­trict Court and will be sen­tenced on Jan­uary 14.

Arai drove with three girl­friends to Coast­lands Mall in Para­pa­raumu on Oc­to­ber 20, po­lice prose­cu­tor Kevin Shaw said.

She stole clothes worth $377.71 from Postie Plus, shoes worth $94.95 from Num­ber One Shoes, and games worth $179.96 from Toy World.

Staff at Toy World saw Arai tak­ing the games and called the po­lice, Mr Shaw said. All the stolen goods were found in the boot of Arai’s car.

Arai’s lawyer, Kerrin Eck­er­s­ley, said her client was re­morse­ful and wanted to change for her fam­ily.

‘‘It was a dumb de­ci­sion and she cer­tainly wants to set a bet­ter ex­am­ple for her chil­dren.’’

Judge Tom Broad­more said his sen­tenc­ing would be in­flu­enced by Arai’s pre­vi­ous two shoplift­ing con­vic­tions this year.

Arai might also be dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing, Judge Broad­more said.

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