123rd conviction? Seriously? How about protective custody under the Mental Health Act?

When someone racks up their 123rd conviction you know there is no helping them.

A “prolific” repeat offender has notched up his 123rd conviction.

Karl Stephen Baars’ criminal history includes 90 convictions for burglary, violence and theft and 31 convictions in the youth court.

The 27-year-old was sentenced on Monday for shoplifting from The Warehouse in Blenheim and breaching intensive supervision.

Baars, a recovering meth addict, was sentenced to community detention at a rehab centre, as Judge Richard Russell said this was his best chance of escaping the cycle of re-offending.

He can’t escape the cycle, he is the cycle.

Baars was required to wear an electronically-monitored bracelet to make sure he completed the full 10-week course at the St Marks Residential Addiction Treatment Centre in Blenheim.

His sentencing was put off until a room became available.

He had been in custody since he was caught shoplifting on February 11.

His lawyer Rob Harrison said Baars had worked extremely hard to get clean over the past few months.

Not hard enough.

He was a recovering methamphetamine addict who relied on methadone medication while in custody, which helped to “stabilise” him.

Really, that’s just not believable…treating methamphetamine with an opiate? Someone is taking the piss.

“He deliberately placed himself into segregation to avoid being around substances in prison,” Harrison said.

More like he is a ratbag and even prisoners hate him.

Baars was convicted for the 123rd time on Monday, in what was his 57th appearance for sentencing.

He admitted shoplifting more than $1086 worth of items from The Warehouse.

Police said he went to The Warehouse, took a bag from a shelf and filled it with a bluetooth headphone set, a Freeview satellite receiver, a ratchet socket set and a hobby knife set.

He then went to the shoe section, where he swapped the shoes he was wearing for a new pair.

Baars then went to the bike section and took a men’s mountain bike and left without paying for any of the items.

Police found Baars a short time later.

He admitted stealing the items, and said a friend had asked him to get some disc brakes for his mountain bike, but did not know why he took the items, police said.

The Warehouse sought $79 in reparation for the bag and the shoes as they were marked and could not be sold.

Baars also faced a charge of breaching intensive supervision after he moved to Blenheim from Kapiti in October last year without telling police or probation.

Judge Russell said underlying drug issues were affecting his behaviour.

You think?

This guy is a recidivist with mental issues…he is a clear candidate for locking up and throwing away the key.


– Fairfax

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