Re: Man is jailed for rural burglaries, August 9 story.
Something is wrong with this . . . . It was our shed that was forceably broken into, and my 11-year-old son’s motorbike stolen; not an unoccupied house, as stated in the paper previously.
We had house and contents insurance but unfortunately didn’t realise motorbikes over 50cc had to be listed separately on the policy, so — “No, sorry, no payout”.
Meanwhile the burglars who broke the roller door, traumatised our three children and cost us the price of alarm systems, new roller door and, one day, a new motorbike (when we’ve saved enough money) get six months in jail and one-month home detention! Unbelievable.
The judge said they were remorseful in court . . . they were only upset because they got caught!
They didn’t have jobs —they did when they broke in, though. They didn’t have a vehicle — hmmm, how did they get out here then? Not to mention driving here while being disqualified for DIC.
So, no reparation payable to the victims . . .
We victims have nothing but a wrecked motorbike to give back to our son. He saved his money by working as hard as an 11-year-old can to buy his own motorbike; looked after it, locked it away to keep it safe.
We teach our children to save for what they want — not to steal it.
The burglar got a slap on the hand. He’ll probably be out in three months from his rent-free, warm, free-food break — back to doing what he does best . . . stealing from you and I. His accomplice got one month at home at nights to think about what she did.
Meanwhile, we’re out working night and day to pay for fixing the garage door, pay our bills, helping kids sleep at night for fear of robbers, and working out how to help our son work to buy another bike.
Go figure!? Seems a bit one-sided to me.
MATAWAI ROAD RESIDENT