Theft at aquatic centre
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.