Another lowlife scumbag with entitlement issues

via Step by Step

via Step by Step

Stealing instruments of an Army Band member on ANZAC day has to rank up there with ‘things to do that offends everyone’.

Wade Clinton Jeffs, 35, admitted to a judge at his defended hearing that he took the bag, containing two cornets and a trumpet worth about $5000 each, as he cycled through Cranmer Square.

But he said it was Work and Income’s fault because they cut his benefit and they should be charged, not him.

Is there a facepalm big enough to tell the judge The Government caused him to steal?

I’m surprised he isn’t a Labour Party poster boy already, in the same vein as Rufus Paynter.

Jeffs was stopped by police on a walkway near Blenheim Rd with the bag on the handlebars of his bike. He refused to speak to police but admitted taking the bag because a friend had told him to.

Defence counsel Tony Garrett said Jeffs would not engage with a psychologist in a bid to get a report done, and had ended up spending five-and-a-half months in custody.

Jeffs told the court that WINZ cut his benefit because he didn’t attend a work seminar, and when they reinstated it he only got $120. He spent that on liquor and cigarettes and a wee bit of food, he said.

He ran out of money and was hungry, so decided to steal a bag in order to buy some food. He did not know what was in the bag, but thought it might contain $20 or so, he said.

He didn’t know it was Anzac Day, and the bag looked as though it would be easy to steal, he said.

It’s the fault of WINZ, a friend told him to do it, he spent the money he had on booze and fags instead of food, so he decided to lift the bag of an Army Band member in the hope it could offer some change to provide him with a feed.

I tell you what we need – a prison for stupid people.

Judge Phillip Moran said the time Jeffs had already served in custody was equivalent to a longer prison sentence than would have be imposed for the theft.

Jeffs asked that he be released, saying he would be all right as he had $13 in the bank.

Judge Moran instead sentenced him to prison time rather than a discharge so that he would get the Steps to Freedom money when he was released.

Oh great.

Let’s make him a packed lunch and send him on his way with a cuddle blankie while we’re at it.


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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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