A difficult year?

A career criminal has had her lawyer make this excuse for her:

Te Runa’s lawyer, Annette Sykes, said she had known Te Runa for a long time and last year was a difficult year for her. She said all the items Te Runa had taken from New World were to support a child.

Ms Sykes said Te Runa’s mental position was not strong and pleaded with the judge to be merciful as a jail term would “push her over the edge”.

Annette Sykes is surely pulling our tits and having a jape at our expense. This is her client’s past behaviour:

Judge James Weir said given Te Runa’s 76 previous convictions for dishonesty, including 46 for shoplifting, the forgone conclusion would be a jail term but he had heard Ms Sykes’ submissions.

Judge Weir said all but one of the charges involved taking items to support a child in Te Runa’s care.

“That tips the scales as far as I’m concerned.”

And the items she was charged with stealing? …that her lawyer says was to support a child.

Betty Roha Te Runa, 42, who the court was told had 46 previous convictions for shoplifting, has appeared in the Rotorua District Court this week after previously pleading guilty to 18 charges of fraudulently using a ham and chicken luncheon barcode to gain a pecuniary advantage.

She also previously pleaded guilty to stealing a still kit from Brew Time. She has been sentenced to two months’ home detention and 250 hours’ community work.

According to the police summary of facts, Te Runa went to New World West End on 13 different days between September 10 and October 30 last year.

Riiiight a brew kit. Sounds like it has indeed been “a difficult year”…for the supermarkets of Rotorua where this feral has been stealing from them.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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