Re­morse fol­lows theft

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT -

An As­cot Park woman with a strong con­science smoked tobacco her daugh­ter had helped steal, then made her daugh­ter con­fess to the bur­glary.

Mother- of- seven Carol Pa­tri­cia Tuari Hemi, 36, was con­victed at Porirua District Court last Tues­day of re­ceiv­ing stolen tobacco.

Judge John Walker sen­tenced her to come back to court if re­quired in the next six months.

On Mon­day, Novem­ber 11, at 3pm, Hemi was drink­ing at her home with fam­ily mem­bers, po­lice prose­cu­tor Paul Macky said.

Hemi’s 16- year- old nephew went next door, smashed a neigh­bour’s back win­dow and stole tobacco worth $40.

Hemi’s daugh­ter, also 16, acted as a look­out dur­ing the bur­glary.

Know­ing the tobacco was stolen, Hemi smoked it.

Later that evening, how­ever, she felt re­morse and made her daugh­ter tell the neigh­bour what had hap­pened, Mr Macky said.

Hemi’s lawyer Alasdair Ross said she felt guilty about re­ceiv­ing the tobacco and was happy to pay back the $40.

Judge Walker or­dered that amount to be paid, and com­mended Hemi for fronting up to her neigh­bour and tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Mr Macky asked that Hemi also make to re­pair the smashed win­dow.

The two teenagers in­volved were presently be­fore the youth court and were un­likely to be able to make repa­ra­tion, he said.

How­ever, Judge Walker said he could not make Hemi pay repa­ra­tion for the win­dow be­cause she was not charged in re­la­tion to the bur­glary.

Mr Macky sug­gested call­ing the repa­ra­tion ‘‘emo­tional harm’’ to the vic­tim, but Judge Walker re­fused.

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