Thief nabbed af­ter blood test

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT/ NEWS -

A Tawa thief’’s blood led to him be­ing caught af­ter he broke into a woman’s car and stole her hand­bag.

Stu­art Camp­bell, 44, pleaded guilty when he ap­peared in Porirua District Court last week charged with theft from a car.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Lisa Thom­son said that about 12.45pm on April 12, the vic­tim left her hand­bag cov­ered with a jacket in her car at Spicer Park in Tawa. When she re­turned to the ve­hi­cle 15 min­utes later she saw the pas­sen­ger win­dow had been bro­ken and her hand­bag was gone.

Thomp­son said blood found in the vic­tim’s car led to Camp­bell be­ing iden­ti­fied.

His lawyer, Philippa Sul­li­van, said Camp­bell re­gret­ted his ac­tions.

‘‘ He had been re­leased from prison. He’s not been on the ben­e­fit and was not able to help him­self,’’ she said.

Judge John Walker con­victed Camp­bell and sen­tenced him to 80 hours’ com­mu­nity work and $347.98 in repa­ra­tion.

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