We need a prison for stupid people


A recidivist offender with 22 prison terms to his name was feared to have driven close to 300km while drunk at the wheel of a stolen van – earning himself yet another stretch inside.

Judge Chris Sygrove said it was apparent Christopher Bryan Woodcock’s struggles with alcohol abuse and self-control were a “common thread” throughout his offending. 

On Friday, Woodcock appeared for sentencing on four separate charges of shoplifting, one count of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, a third conviction for driving with excess breath alcohol, a third or subsequent charge of driving while disqualified, as well as breaching community work and failing to answer court bail.

Woodcock, who appeared in the New Plymouth District Court via audio visual link on Friday, had a long history of offending, with Sygrove noting at least 22 other occasions where he had served a term of imprisonment.

He said he was “highlighting your lack of ability to self-regulate when under the influence of alcohol”.

He had clocked up around 300km in the stolen van before it was recovered by police, most of which they feared had been driven while Woodcock was under the influence.

Sygrove also noted the shoplifting charges mostly related to Woodcock stealing alcohol from supermarkets.

A pre-sentencing report outlined Woodcock had “an almost fatalistic” view of his offending behaviour, Sygrove said.

Clearly this man has to be protected from himself.  And the public from him.

We need a prison for stupid people.


– Stuff

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