Teenager convicted on five charges
A 17-year-old Cannons Creek resident has appeared in court on five charges related to paying for his synthetic high habit, but he denies he has a problem.
Daniel Harris pleaded guilty in Porirua District Court last week to charges of the theft of synthetic drugs, burglary, the theft of a handbag and its contents, receiving a quad bike and breaching community work.
Judge John Walker said while Harris denied having a synthetic cannabis problem, his actions said otherwise.
‘‘It is a problem for you and it is also a problem for others,’’ he said. ‘‘You are only 17 years of age.’’ On April 6 Harris stole a woman’s hand- bag while in the 123 Dollar store in North City Shopping Centre. The woman chased after Harris. He managed to take train tickets and keys out before handing the bag back.
Later that night Harris broke into the Whitireia Cafe. He turned off the power and stole $700 from the float.
On May 2 Harris broke in to The Discount Tobacconist and stole synthetic cannabis.
Judge Walker convicted Harris and sentenced him to six months’ community detention and 12 months supervision.
He was ordered to pay $300 reparation at $10 a week.