Two men caught stealing copper
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.