Criminal wears hi-vis to court to trick judge he has job; doesn’t work

Hours after standing in a courtroom before a judge and the people he had ripped off, promising he was sorry, Raniera Kiriwera was back sneaking into properties and stealing.

The 27-year-old has been jailed for two years and three months for creeping into the Rotorua farm stay of Kerris and Chris Brown in March this year.

Kiriwera originally appeared in the Rotorua District Court for sentencing in August but Judge Greg Hollister-Jones stood the case down to investigate community sentencing options as well as allow him to complete restorative justice with the Browns.

The judge adjourned the case in August because Kiriwera told him and the Browns he only broke into their property once and that he was sorry.

Kiriwera was back before Judge Hollister-Jones yesterday for sentencing but he also faced another burglary charge.

Judge Hollister-Jones said the offences happened on the same day as his August 7 court appearance as he travelled back to his home in Auckland.

He said although he was only convicted of one more burglary charge, he had in fact gone to three adjoining properties where he tried to steal bags and items from inside cars.

Through his lawyer, Louis Te Kani, Kiriwera again expressed his remorse yesterday and handed the judge a letter outlining how sorry he was.

However, Judge Hollister-Jones said he needed to treat Kiriwera’s words carefully as so far his remorse was not backed up by his actions.

Judge Hollister-Jones also revealed yesterday that Kiriwera had admitted during restorative justice going to the Brown’s property more than once to steal.

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