New Zealand Police v Spence 2020 NZDC 6759
Published 27 July 2020
Sentencing — stealing bread — unlawfully on property — failure to comply with Health Act requirements — breach of COVID-19 regulations — global pandemic
— coronavirus — Alert Level 4 — breach of community work — Health Act 1956.
The defendant appeared for sentence on a charge of stealing a box of bread (worth $64.17), unlawfully being on a property, breach of community work, and
failing to comply with Health Act requirements.
He was convicted and discharged for stealing the bread but ordered to pay reparations to the restaurant of $64.17. For unlawfully being on a property he was
sentenced to two months' imprisonment and ordered to pay reparations of $300 for a lock.
For failing to comply with Health Act requirements by being in Queenstown when he should have been following Alert Level 4 requirements to stay home, the
defendant was sentenced to one month imprisonment.
On the charge of breach of community work a sentence of one month was imposed. The sentences were cumulative (added together) so the end sentence was
four months' imprisonment. Judgment Date: 22 April 2020.