New Zealand Police v NK  NZYC 123
Published 01 October 2020
Sentencing — burglary — unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle — unlawfully being in an enclosed yard — theft — using a document — wellbeing and interests
of young person —public safety — Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, s 282 — United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child — United Nations Convention on the
Rights of People with Disabilities.
The young person appeared for sentence on seven charges of burglary, two of unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle, one of unlawfully being in an enclosed
yard, four of theft and five of using a document. The offending spanned six months.
The young person had completed a plan set out for her over the past year, involving community service, engaging in mentoring and apologising to victims of her
offending. Everyone who came into contact with the young person noted she was engaged and intelligent, particularly when it came to writing. It was in the
wellbeing and interests of the child as well as the public interest to impose a s 282 discharge. This would have the effect of it being as if the charges were never
laid, freeing the young person to live a productive life as a positive member of the community.
Judgment Date: 4 March 2020.
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