Two men caught steal­ing cop­per

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT -

Two Can­nons Creek men have been caught steal­ing cop­per pip­ing from un­der an empty Hous­ing New Zealand house.

Sean Thomas Charles Boyce, 41, and Te Mapi Hotene, 24, pleaded guilty to bur­glary when they ap­peared in Porirua District Court last week.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Paul Macky said that on Thurs­day, May 15, po­lice had heard loud bang­ing from un­der a boarded up Hous­ing New Zealand house in Can­nons Creek.

Boyce and Hotene came out from un­der the house when re­quested by po­lice.

Both ad­mit­ted to steal­ing the cop­per pip­ing to sell on.

Judge Walker said tak­ing the pip­ing meant the house had to be empty for longer and dis­ad­van­taged those who needed some­where to live.

Hotene’s lawyer, Sarah Pet­tett, said Hotene had a syn­thetic drugs ad­dic­tion and was un­em­ployed and in fi­nan­cial strife.

She said his part­ner had given him an ul­ti­ma­tum and he was try­ing to turn his life around.

‘‘It is still a prob­lem for him,’’ Pet­tett said.

Hotene was re­manded un­til July 15, so a full drug and al­co­hol as­sess­ment could be un­der­taken.

Judge Walker con­victed Boyce and sen­tenced him to 200 hours com­mu­nity work.

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