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wins community work
A Cannons Creek man learned the
meaning of trespass last week, receiv-
ing an 80-hour community work sen-
tence after visiting a supermarket he
was banned from, stealing wine and
Luke Karini, 17, had been trespassed
from Porirua Pak'nSave last December
for stealing wine. He returned on July
31 and put a three-litre cask of Country
wine into his backpack.
When confronted by a duty manager,
he shoved the man in the chest.
Last Tuesday at Porirua District
Court, Karini pleaded guilty to charges
of assault, theft and breaking a tres-
pass order. He faced a maximum six
months' prison for assault.
The duty manager was not injured,
but wanted Karini to be punished for
his behaviour, Judge Jan Kelly said.
The duty manager says you need to
be held accountable and I agree.''
Karini, a plumbing and drainlaying
student, would have his future job pro-
spects harmed by his alcoholism, Judge
It seems that alcohol abuse is a
problem with you. If you keep drinking
and you keep stealing, you'll be heading
down the road towards prison.''
Karini's lawyer, Megan Boyd, said he
was already attending a Taeaomanino
Trust course to deal with his addiction.
Prison guard injured in brutal attack
A brutal attack at Arohata prison
that left a guard with post-
traumatic stress disorder has
extended the attacker's jail term
by more than two years.
Jody Hood, 30, of Upper Hutt,
was sentenced at Porirua District
Court last Tuesday to 27 months
in prison for the attack on a senior
corrections officer last October 12.
That afternoon, prisoner Hood
had been due to move to a differ-
ent wing in the Tawa women's
prison. Another prisoner raised
concerns with the guard, saying
she was concerned about her
safety if Hood moved to her wing.
A meeting between the three
was held in a guard's room, and
quickly descended into violence.
Hood verbally abused her fellow
prisoner before throwing punches
and grabbing her hair.
The guard stood between the
two, protecting the attacked pris-
oner with her body and receiving
some of the blows. Hood then pic-
ked up a coffee mug and began
swinging it at the prisoner, again
hitting the guard. Her next wea-
pon was a ceramic soup bowl.
Prison staff and other prisoners
soon came to break up the fight, at
which point all three women fell
to the floor. The guard was knock-
ed unconscious and was taken to
hospital by ambulance.
Much of the guard's body was
hurt and bruised, and an injury to
the bridge of her nose made
breathing difficult, Judge Jan
Kelly told the court.
Her whole body felt like it had
The guard's main concern was
she couldn't feel whether her head
was injured -- brain surgery fol-
lowing a haemmorhage in 2005
had left the back of her head
numb, Judge Kelly said.
The guard returned to work
part-time for several weeks with-
out having contact with prisoners,
but developed post-traumatic
stress disorder and has since been
off work on ACC.
Your offending seriously affec-
ted her personal feeling of safety
and it's ongoing,'' the judge told
Hood. Prison officers have the
right to expect to be safe in their
Hood has 72 previous convic-
tions, seven of them for violent
offending. She showed no remorse
for her attack, Judge Kelly said.
You said the victim was exag-
gerating the impact so she would
not have to work.''
In her favour, Hood pleaded
guilty just before a defended hear-
ing, saving the guard from having
to give evidence, Judge Kelly said.
Hood's lawyer, Sonia Thistoll,
argued she had been regularly
attending church in prison and
was supported by Elim church
pastor Ken Roach.
She's been healing over the
year,'' Ms Thistoll said.
Hood's victim was present in
court, supported by six colleagues.
Escape bid quickly foiled
A defendant who leapt from the dock injured a
police officer while trying to escape from the
Porirua District Court last Tuesday.
Zharn Craig Burns, 29, of Te Horo, jumped
over a 1.5m-high dock wall, landed on a
lawyers' bench and ran for the door after his
appearance in front of Judge Jan Kelly.
He was restrained by half a dozen court
security guards and police officers. It took them
a full minute to handcuff Burns, who was
As he was dragged to the cells by four men,
he scanned the courtroom for his mother.
Where's my mum? Tell Mum I love her,'' he
shouted to his supporters in the gallery.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Karen Vaughan
was one of those who raced to halt Burns and
was cut on her wrist when he landed on her
Ms Vaughan said she had noticed Burns was
acting strangely when he appeared in court, so
was braced for unpredictable behaviour.
We were watching him. As soon as he came
out, I saw he had that wide-eyed look about
The court's response to the incident was
exemplary, she said.
The judge pressed the panic button immedi-
ately, so the police station next door emptied
out and officers were halfway here by the time
he was restrained.
Everything happened according to pro-
Burns was appearing before Judge Kelly to
request consent to change his defence lawyer.
He is facing 15 charges relating to burglaries
on the Kapiti Coast. A charge of escaping cus-
tody will be added.
He was remanded in custody and will appear
before the court again on August 27.
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