“A teen who went on a 48-hour car stealing spree told police he could “do what he liked” now that he was an adult.“But the court disagreed... Pomare Pui, 18, was sentenced this week in the Nelson District Court to 12 months of intensive supervision with judicial monitoring after earlier admitting six charges of unlawfully taking vehicles.”The Judge spoke to Mr Pui "sternly" and pointed out to that his criminal actions reflected a “total lack of empathy or maturity”.
"Judge Ruth accepted and acknowledged comments made by defence lawyer Michael Vesty, that Pui’s crimes pointed to the impulsiveness and lack of full intellectual development which sometimes accompanied the actions of young people."
"Three of the men involved in the shooting up of a Tawa house in retaliation to an earlier shooting in Wellington’s CBD have been sentenced – and no-one has gone to jail.“The five men got into a white stationwagon, with a loaded pistol and sawn off shotgun, the morning after on April 23, last year.“The pistol was fired six times at the house, going through the walls, or through a window into the ceiling. An occupant was narrowly missed.“The judge gave a 22-year-old man a discharge without conviction and said he had worked for it, doing counselling. He had pleaded guilty to possessing both weapons.“A 27-year-old and 28-year-old were both given home detention - of 10 months and 11 months.“Both had pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a pistol and shotgun and reckless discharge of the pistol.“The police considered the 22-year-old was a passenger in the car and the other two were who police considered responsible for the shooting, the judge said.“The judge granted permanent name suppression for all three, saying publicity would undermine the good work they had done for rehabilitation and getting their lives on track.”