Timaru man gets jail term for stealing power tools
Josiah David Brooking was sentenced to six months imprisonment for obtaining by deception and obstructing or obstructing the police. (File photo)
A Timaru man who stole over $4,000 worth of merchandise from a hardware store in Timaru has been told he is at high risk of re-offending.
Josiah David Brooking, 22, was sentenced to six months in jail Thursday by Timaru District Court Judge Dominic, after previously pleading guilty to deceptively obtaining (more than $1,000) and obstructing or to obstruct the police.
According to the summary of facts, read in court, the charge of obtaining by deception took place in September 2021 at Placemakers in Timaru. Brooking, along with another person, brought power tools to the counter and used someone else’s business card to purchase the tools, worth over $4,000.
The obstruction of police charge took place on November 23, 2021, when Brooking had to be forcibly restrained when he refused to cooperate while in the dock at a bail hearing .
Brooking’s defense attorney, Douglas Brown, conceded that both offenses did Brooking discredit, but the charge of obtaining by deception could have been caused by his drug use.
Brooking, who is unemployed, would offend “out of boredom,” Brown said.
Judge Dravitzki said Brooking’s pre-sentence report noted his long history of dishonesty, despite his young age.
“You are at high risk of reoffending, but everyone agrees that the main requirement is that you undertake meaningful rehabilitation,” Judge Dravitzki said.
“You took steps to get a residential bed, but before that the lockdown happened and you started doing drugs and alcohol again. Unless you can turn your life around, you’ll probably be back before jail.
“You’re a youngster, I hope it doesn’t end like this.”
Judge Dravitzki said there was pre-meditation involved in taking the goods, but he was “never likely to succeed” and about $3,000 worth of goods was eventually recovered.
Judge Dravitzki reduced the sentence for Brooking’s guilty plea, but also increased it for Brooking’s history of dishonesty.
He sentenced Brooking to six months in prison, but noted that Brooking had already spent four months in custody.
Post-sentence conditions included participation in a detox evaluation, full counseling, prohibition from possessing, using or consuming drugs or alcohol, and not associating with the co-offender.