Tee­to­taller stole box of beer

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A man has been sentenced to six months’ com­mu­nity de­ten­tion for bur­glary and steal­ing a box of Dou­ble Brown beer.

Hemi Tauakume ap­peared be­fore Judge Bill Hast­ings at Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day charged with bur­glary and shoplift­ing.

De­fence lawyer Sarah Pet­tett told the court Tauakume had been the look­out dur­ing the June bur­glary and had not en­tered the Marere Ave, Kapiti, house him­self.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Paul Macky said it was an op­por­tunis­tic bur­glary.

He said po­lice found Tauakume hid­ing in bushes at a nearby play­ground.

Tauakume had pleaded guilty to the bur­glary charge and co-op­er­ated with po­lice.

De­spite be­ing a non- drinker, Tauakume was also charged over steal­ing a box of Dou­ble Brown beer from a Kapiti Coast Four Square, val­ued at $32.40.

As he was driv­ing away, Tauakume was pulled over by po­lice. He was breath tested and re­turned a zero breath al­co­hol read­ing.

The judge gave Tauakume credit for his co-op­er­a­tion with po­lice and noted the 23-year-old tiler had been de­scribed as a re­li­able em­ployee.

He said that nor­mally he would sen­tence some­one with three pre­vi­ous bur­glar­ies to jail time, but Pro­ba­tion Ser­vices had writ­ten ‘‘a hope­ful re­port’’ about Tauakume.

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