Desperate thefts get jail time

By Kaysha Brownlie

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A "desperate offender" will serve nearly two years in jail after committing a spate of petrol station drive-offs and donation box thefts just months after he had been released from prison.

Quentin Robert Terure, 27, appeared in Napier District Court yesterday where Judge Geoff Rea handed him 21 months' imprisonment.

Terure admitted seven counts of theft which relates to petrol he stole from six different stations throughout Hawke's Bay and one petrol station in Wanganui.

Police charge sheets state the total value of petrol stolen was $300.

He also pleaded guilty to 11 counts of shoplifting as well as two counts of burglary, one count of breaching release conditions and one count of resisting police.

Terure's lawyer said his client's offending was "desperate rather than sinister offending".

"Actions of a desperate man, sir."

Judge Rea said the starting point for Terure was 24 months' imprisonment which he then uplifted four months to reflect Terure's past convictions.

He then discounted the 28 month total by seven months to arrive at a final sentence of 21 months' imprisonment.

Terure was also ordered to pay reparation of $2676.70 by June 30, 2018.

Terure lifted donation boxes from bars and restaurants throughout Hawke's Bay, and Judge Rea said this offending was "particularly mean".

Police charge sheets state each donation box had cash valued at $150 in it.

Terure breached release conditions after being out of jail for just four months and stole tobacco and papers from another person which were valued $42.50.

The offending occurred between November 16 last year and January 8 this year.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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