Jail for home­alone bur­glar

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - COURT RE­PORTER

A bur­glar who made him­self at home in his vic­tim’s house now has his own new ad­dress.

Al­lan Snow­ball, 24, has been sent to jail for break­ing into the Watkins fam­ily’s home in Welling­ton in July.

Se­cu­rity cam­eras in the Tawa house showed him pat­ting the dog, hav­ing a shower, us­ing hair dye, help­ing him­self to a snack and watch­ing tele­vi­sion.

Porirua Dis­trict Court judge Jan Kelly jailed Snow­ball for 18 months on Thurs­day, say­ing the vic­tims felt vi­o­lated. She said he was not suit­able for home de­ten­tion.

The judge had two med­i­cal re­ports from a psy­chol­o­gist and psy­chi­a­trist about Snow­ball’s men­tal health, but he had been found fit to plead.

She said he had a his­tory of dis­hon­est of­fend­ing and a high risk of re­of­fend­ing.

He had pleaded guilty to bur­glary, un­law­fully tak­ing a ve­hi­cle, three charges of theft and one of ob­tain­ing by de­cep­tion.

In the days be­fore the bur­glary, Snow­ball had run off with a taxi driver’s phone, an iPad from a Noel Leem­ings store, and a pair of jeans.

Once he had fin­ished in­side the vic­tims’ home, he loaded up their car with goods and and took that.

A few days later he went into a Tawa hair­dressers, got a hair­cut, then said he had left his wal­let in the car. He walked out and never re­turned.

His lawyer, JD Dal­las, told the judge the home bur­glary was am­a­teur­ish, and Snow­ball had known he was on cam­era.

The Watkins fam­ily ar­rived home to find an open bot­tle of milk next to a blar­ing tele­vi­sion – the first clue that all was not well in their house.

The fam­ily checked their se­cu­rity cam­eras and watched as Snow­ball smashed a win­dow about 1.30pm on Thurs­day, July 7, and climbed into their home.

The cam­era footage showed Snow­ball mak­ing him­self some­thing to eat, watch­ing tele­vi­sion and drink­ing juice.

‘‘We watched him pat­ting our dog and cat, then he got my mum’s hair dye and dyed his hair, and then wiped it on my dad’s shirt.

‘‘He had a shower and put my dad’s pants on and stuck my lit­tle brother’s sun­glasses on his head.’’

Af­ter more than an hour at the prop­erty, he left with the keys to the fam­ily’s Nis­san Max­ima and ‘‘an arm­load of stuff’’, be­fore driv­ing off.

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