1493685784482 - Man to pay for stolen concrete cutter

Man to pay for stolen concrete cutter

A man who failed to return a hired concrete cutter will have to pay for it in weekly instalments.

Samuel Clint Andersen, 21, hired a concrete cutter from an Upper Hutt company in July last year but never took it back, claiming he left it at a friend’s house and it disappeared.

Two weeks later, he broke into a house in South Wairarapa, injuring himself while forcing a window open and leaving his blood at the scene.

He took an iPad, a laptop and a cordless phone.

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He admitted theft and burglary at the Blenheim District Court last month, and was told by Judge David Ruth if he did not find a place to serve an electronically monitored sentence he could go to jail.

Andersen appeared for sentencing on Monday.

His lawyer John Holdaway said Andersen recognised alcohol was an issue for him and was trying to cut back.

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Taking into consideration Andersen’s guilty plea, his young age and his attempts to rehabilitate himself, Judge Ruth decided an electronically monitored sentence was not necessary.

He was sentenced to 100 hours’ community work and 12 months’ supervision, with conditions to complete alcohol and drug assessment and counselling as directed by probation.

He was also ordered to pay a total of $1800 in reparation at $150 a week.