Judge warns burglar next time likely to be jail

By Mike Dinsdale

A man who stole more than $5500 worth of electrical equipment from a Whangarei playgroup has been told the community detention he's been sentenced to for the burglary is his final chance.

Santana Whirimana Neho appeared in Whangarei District Court last week for sentencing on a charge of burglary after he broke into the 2 Meke Playgroup, in Holmes Ave, Otangarei, about 8pm on July 11, last year.

Neho used his elbow to smash a window at the playgroup before entering the building and stealing electrical equipment worth a combined $5550. When caught by police he admitted the burglary, but said he did not steal anything. Neho also said it was a silly thing to have done.

Judge Duncan Harvey said this was the second time Neho had been in court for burglary and he had a number of other previous convictions.

Judge Harvey sentenced Neho to six months' community detention, coupled with 12 months' supervision, and gave him a warning.

"If you come back before the courts on another charge of burglary it's very likely you will be sentenced to time in prison. It's really up to you. This is your final chance."

- Northern Advocate

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