1491804473937 - Nelson man jailed after month-long meth-fuelled crime spree

Nelson man jailed after month-long meth-fuelled crime spree

A man who stole over $80,000 worth of goods in a month-long methamphetamine-fuelled crime spree has developed a recidivist pattern of offending, a judge says.

Jevan Joseph, 20 was sentenced in the Nelson District Court to three years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to nine counts of burglary and being disguised for burglary and three counts of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

He was also charged with receiving stolen goods and breaching his release conditions from a previous prison sentence for similar offending. 

The crime-spree began with a burglary in early February at a residential address in Mount St, Nelson and ended more than a month later on March 3 with a ram-raid of the Mobil station in Stoke using a stolen vehicle.

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Police arrested Joseph on March 3 after he was found hiding at a Nelson address.

In explanation at the time, Joseph said he had no money and no assistance from government agencies so committed the offences in order to obtain money to get to Rotorua to see his partner and child.

Defence lawyer John Sandston​ said Joseph had shown remorse and some insight into his offending. He entered early guilty pleas and did not apply for bail.

“He is sorry for this offending, he plainly was under the influence of methamphetamine when a lot of this offending occurred.

“This does not make his position better but it does somewhat explain his completely irrational and somewhat manic behaviour.”

Sandston acknowledged a “considerable amount” of property was taken and little recovered.

Judge David Ruth said Joseph re-offended “almost immediately” after being released from his last sentence.

A pre-sentence report showed Joseph had developed a recidivist pattern of offending.

In each case a “distinctive method” had been used with stolen Subaru vehicles driven to the crime scene. The offenders were disguised and targeted cash, cigarettes and alcohol.

Ruth said it was clear Joseph had alcohol and drug problems. He said there was a high risk Joseph would reoffend and due to the nature of his offences, he posed a high risk of harm to the community. 

“A particular concern is your rapid relapse back into drug cultures once you are released from prison and it is important that be changed somehow.”

He said Joseph faced a number of charges related to having his face covered with the intention of committing an impressionable offence.

Ruth said he had read several victim impact statements that detailed the harm and inconvenience Joseph had caused and the loss they had suffered as a result of his offending.

A number of businesses were impacted during the crime spree, including Bishopdale Caltex, Stoke New World, Motueka Liquorland, Jens Hansen jewellers, Stoke Z Energy, Nelson Day Spa, design agency HotHouse, Tahunanui Super Liquor and Stoke Mobil. 

“I have no doubt at all they will get nothing at all from you at any time in any shape or form so they have suffered complete loss.”

Ruth made an order for the forfeiture of the $486 Joseph had on him when he was arrested.

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