Meth addict ‘one-woman crime wave’

Gisborne Courthouse. File picture by Rebecca Grunwell

METHAMPHETAMINE addiction turned a Gisborne mother of two into a “one-woman crime wave”, Judge Nevin Dawson said in Gisborne District Court.

Fuelled by her addiction, Alicia Jane Viggers, aka Viggars, 31, went on a spree of offending, which included burgling two schools and attempting to burgle Wainui Surf Club, the court heard.

She appeared for sentence after pleading guilty to a raft of charge: three burglaries, illegal use of a document (a bank card) to obtain a pecuniary advantage, theft, driving while suspended, a breach of community work and five breaches of court bail.

The judge imposed 12 months home detention, with six months post-detention conditions, and ordered Viggers to do 200 hours of community work.

She could not leave court until she paid a lump sum of reparation totalling about $2400, her offer to do so having earned her a two-month discount off the sentence starting point.

The judge told Viggers his decision to convert her sentence to home detention was by a narrow margin. If she reoffended, she would be imprisoned.

In February, she was found inside Wainui Surf Club and was arrested. Also that month, she found a bank card and used it to the value of $240 by topping up her mobile phone several times and buying a gift card.

In March, she stole from two schools, breaking in through a window at Mangapapa School. There she took three chrome books and an iPad. She entered Ilminster Intermediate through an unlocked door and took seven chrome books.

Also in March, she broke into a car in Shelley Road using a screwdriver, and took two handbags and numerous other personal items.

The driving charge arose in January when police, who knew her licence was suspended, spotted her driving.

She was pursued and tried to evade officers by turning into a driveway, turning off her car headlights and hiding in the footwell under the seat.

When located, police found her in possession of .75 grams of methamphetamine.

In January, she received $620 for a chainsaw she advertised on Trade Me but did not supply.

Judge Dawson told Viggers she had to kick her methamphetamine addiction.

While she was on that drug she was a danger to the community.

She had taken advantage of people, deprived schools and students of teaching resources, and caused considerable loss and inconvenience.

Aggravating her offending were her three prior convictions for drug offences and one for dishonesty.

A probation report noted Viggers’ three-year use of meth had ended when she was remanded in custody four months ago. She was now said to be highly motivated to attend treatment for her addiction, including a residential programme.

She was assessed as being a low risk of harm to others but a medium risk for reoffending.

METHAMPHETAMINE addiction turned a Gisborne mother of two into a “one-woman crime wave”, Judge Nevin Dawson said in Gisborne District Court.

Fuelled by her addiction, Alicia Jane Viggers, aka Viggars, 31, went on a spree of offending, which included burgling two schools and attempting to burgle Wainui Surf Club, the court heard.

She appeared for sentence after pleading guilty to a raft of charge: three burglaries, illegal use of a document (a bank card) to obtain a pecuniary advantage, theft, driving while suspended, a breach of community work and five breaches of court bail.

The judge imposed 12 months home detention, with six months post-detention conditions, and ordered Viggers to do 200 hours of community work.

She could not leave court until she paid a lump sum of reparation totalling about $2400, her offer to do so having earned her a two-month discount off the sentence starting point.

The judge told Viggers his decision to convert her sentence to home detention was by a narrow margin. If she reoffended, she would be imprisoned.

In February, she was found inside Wainui Surf Club and was arrested. Also that month, she found a bank card and used it to the value of $240 by topping up her mobile phone several times and buying a gift card.

In March, she stole from two schools, breaking in through a window at Mangapapa School. There she took three chrome books and an iPad. She entered Ilminster Intermediate through an unlocked door and took seven chrome books.

Also in March, she broke into a car in Shelley Road using a screwdriver, and took two handbags and numerous other personal items.

The driving charge arose in January when police, who knew her licence was suspended, spotted her driving.

She was pursued and tried to evade officers by turning into a driveway, turning off her car headlights and hiding in the footwell under the seat.

When located, police found her in possession of .75 grams of methamphetamine.

In January, she received $620 for a chainsaw she advertised on Trade Me but did not supply.

Judge Dawson told Viggers she had to kick her methamphetamine addiction.

While she was on that drug she was a danger to the community.

She had taken advantage of people, deprived schools and students of teaching resources, and caused considerable loss and inconvenience.

Aggravating her offending were her three prior convictions for drug offences and one for dishonesty.

A probation report noted Viggers’ three-year use of meth had ended when she was remanded in custody four months ago. She was now said to be highly motivated to attend treatment for her addiction, including a residential programme.

She was assessed as being a low risk of harm to others but a medium risk for reoffending.

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Lara Meyer - 3 months ago
I fail to see how naming and shaming this woman in the local paper will help her to develop the necessary self-esteem and resilience required to return to better health and happiness. This kind of reporting is harmful to the mental health of obviously vulnerable people and it is not helpful in terms of helping to rehabilitate drug addicts. I wish her well for her future.