Mother of four found shoplift­ing twice

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT -

A Can­nons Creek mother of four young chil­dren was caught steal­ing meat and a gen­er­a­tor in Porirua.

Moana Ber­nadette Rin­gatau Man­ual, 33, ap­peared in Porirua District Court last week and pleaded guilty to two charges of shoplift­ing.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Paul Macky said that on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 28, Man­ual was at New World Porirua.

He said she put five pack­ets of frozen meat in her bag and con­tin­ued shop­ping for other items. At the check­out she paid for the items, but not the meat, worth $51.98.

Macky said se­cu­rity stopped Man­ual as she was leav­ing the store.

A few weeks ear­lier, on Fe­bru­ary 15, Man­ual was caught steal­ing a Blackridge gen­er­a­tor from Su­per Cheap Auto in Porirua.

Judge John Walker con­victed Man­ual and sen­tenced her to six months com­mu­nity de­ten­tion. He did not or­der any repa­ra­tions. ‘‘It would be an empty or­der and the vic­tims would be un­likely to get any­thing from you,’’ he said.

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