Shoplifter to spend Christmas on remand in jail

By Anne-Marie McDonald

A woman arrested after a spate of shoplifting told police she didn't need to be arrested.

Jenny Hazel Whareaorere, 27, pleaded guilty to three charges of shoplifting, two of burglary and one of resisting arrest when she appeared before Judge Philip Crayton in the Whanganui District Court on Tuesday.

During a shoplifting spree in October, Whareaorere stole food, alcohol and children's clothing from several Whanganui shops, and attempted to steal items from two others.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rachel Willemsen said police tracked down Whareaorere on November 4. She tried to run from officers but was caught and struggled violently as they tried to handcuff her.

"She told officers, 'I don't need to be arrested'," Sergeant Willemsen said.

Whareaorere first appeared in court on November 4 and was denied bail. Her lawyer, Richard Leith, said no further application for bail would be made.

In response to a question from Judge Crayton, Craig Hammond from the Probation Service said Whareaorere had not previously engaged with probation, and had nearly 190 hours of community work still to complete.

"We have not seen her since June," Mr Hammond said.

Whareaorere began crying in the dock and was offered tissues by the police guard.
Judge Crayton noted that Whareaorere faced sentencing on January 17, 2017 for similar offences.

He remanded her in custody to the same date for the recent charges.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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