Theft at aquatic cen­tre

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A syn­thetic cannabis ad­dic­tion led to a Pare­mata man steal­ing and then ap­pear­ing in court for the first time.

Last Tues­day at Porirua District Court, Jovi Har­ris, 26, pleaded guilty to theft.

His lawyer, Peter Fos­ter, said Har­ris was un­der fi­nan­cial stress be­cause of his drug habit.

‘‘Un­til two years ago his life was go­ing well, and then he be­came ad­dicted to syn­thetic cannabis,’’he said.

Fos­ter said Har­ris was try­ing to turn his life around af­ter a bad re­ac­tion to syn­thetic cannabis put him in hospi­tal a few weeks ago. ‘‘Things are look­ing up.’’ On Fe­bru­ary 20 Har­ris vis­ited the Coast­lands Aquatic Cen­tre.

While there he stole an iPhone and wal­let out of one of the lock­ers while the owner was swim­ming.

All up the items were worth $1100.

Har­ris then used the debit card to spend $ 31 in two trans­ac­tions.

Af­ter the iPhone was locked, Har­ris dumped the wal­let and phone in a park.

Judge John Walker asked for an al­co­hol and drug as­sess­ment and re­manded Har­ris un­til July 8.

‘‘Your shoplift­ing was prob­a­bly to fund all that [the drugs] af­ter an ab­so­lutely clean record,’’ he said.

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