Ram-raiders cause $30,000 damage

Steal sweets and cigarettes.

Steal sweets and cigarettes.

Gisborne Courthouse

A GROUP of young people caused $30,000 damage to a service station during a ram raid-style burglary,
in which they took only lollies and cigarettes, Gisborne District Court heard.

The last of the group to be sentenced, Peter Jackson Tu, 21, was jailed for 16 months after admitting his part in the burglary.

Reparation for the damage or any part of it was not ordered. Tu had no means to pay, especially while in prison, Judge Jonathan Down said.

The sentence also covered another burglary, to which Tu also pleaded guilty: a shed on a property where he used to live.

He was convicted and discharged for other offences of driving while forbidden, a breach of release conditions, possession of cannabis and a drug “bong”.

Judge Down said the most serious offence was the ram raid at Foster and Tyler Service Station, Ormond Road, last September.

On remand

Counsel Heather Vaughn said Tu had been on remand in custody since September.

She urged the judge not to impose an uplift for Tu’s previous relevant offending.

She pointed to Tu’s early guilty plea, letter of remorse and steps he had taken while on custodial remand towards personal growth courses and a programme for alcohol and other drug abuse.

Despite the high cost of the damage caused to the service station, of significance was the lowly value of items taken, Ms Vaughn said.

The judge noted Tu spent a year in prison for a 2014 burglary.

He had worn out any discount he could receive for youth and, while there would be none this time, there would also be no uplift for the prior offending.

The judge accepted Tu was remorseful and seeking help.

Referring to Tu’s letter, the judge said, “what you expressed there is meaningful and shows hope for the future.
“I hope you use this as an opportunity to turn your life around. Only you can make that decision.”

The end sentence included discounts of three months for Tu’s efforts towards rehabilitation and his remorse, and a full 25 percent for guilty plea.

Standard release conditions applied.

A GROUP of young people caused $30,000 damage to a service station during a ram raid-style burglary,
in which they took only lollies and cigarettes, Gisborne District Court heard.

The last of the group to be sentenced, Peter Jackson Tu, 21, was jailed for 16 months after admitting his part in the burglary.

Reparation for the damage or any part of it was not ordered. Tu had no means to pay, especially while in prison, Judge Jonathan Down said.

The sentence also covered another burglary, to which Tu also pleaded guilty: a shed on a property where he used to live.

He was convicted and discharged for other offences of driving while forbidden, a breach of release conditions, possession of cannabis and a drug “bong”.

Judge Down said the most serious offence was the ram raid at Foster and Tyler Service Station, Ormond Road, last September.

On remand

Counsel Heather Vaughn said Tu had been on remand in custody since September.

She urged the judge not to impose an uplift for Tu’s previous relevant offending.

She pointed to Tu’s early guilty plea, letter of remorse and steps he had taken while on custodial remand towards personal growth courses and a programme for alcohol and other drug abuse.

Despite the high cost of the damage caused to the service station, of significance was the lowly value of items taken, Ms Vaughn said.

The judge noted Tu spent a year in prison for a 2014 burglary.

He had worn out any discount he could receive for youth and, while there would be none this time, there would also be no uplift for the prior offending.

The judge accepted Tu was remorseful and seeking help.

Referring to Tu’s letter, the judge said, “what you expressed there is meaningful and shows hope for the future.
“I hope you use this as an opportunity to turn your life around. Only you can make that decision.”

The end sentence included discounts of three months for Tu’s efforts towards rehabilitation and his remorse, and a full 25 percent for guilty plea.

Standard release conditions applied.

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