“Change of opinion” after the time with her daughter


“My dad has been in prison all my life, and I don’t want the same for my daughter,” one repeat offender said in court.

Christopher Lee Wilson (35) had accumulated 142 convictions during his criminal career, Dunedin District Court learned this week.

But the time spent with her daughter seems to have recently led to a “change in her view of the world,” the court said.

Judge Michael Turner considered Wilson to be genuine and stated that “he had no desire to see his child or children follow the same path as him”.

Wilson was convicted of receiving, dishonestly using a debit card, assaulting a car, driving while disqualified and illegally in a closed yard.

Court documents describe the first instance, on March 3 last year, when Wilson entered the Makikihi property of a woman he did not know.

She asked him to leave because he had the wrong address, but instead he let himself into the backyard, kicking one of the dogs.

After Wilson finally left the property, the victim called her friend for help.

Wilson then backed up his car into the driveway and called the friend, but as the man was in front of the car, he accelerated.

The male victim attempted to jump out of the way but had his shoulder pinched.

The second set of infractions occurred five months later, on August 1, when Wilson and an associate entered an unlocked room in the boarding house where Wilson was residing.

They stole an ANZ debit card and a wedding ring, engagement ring and money totaling $ 3,800.

He used the stolen debit card at a gas station and sold the rings to a jeweler for $ 200.

Tracked down by police at a local motel a month later, Wilson was caught trying to sneak out of a bathroom window to avoid being arrested.

Wilson had never had a driver’s license, and these incidents marked the 23rd and 24th time he had been convicted of driving while disqualified.

The court heard Wilson had a “heart-wrenching” history of abuse, neglect and social deprivation.

While Judge Turner refused to accept that there was a direct connection between Wilson’s background and the offenses, he accepted that these circumstances “would reduce his overall moral culpability.”

However, he was impressed with the steps Wilson had taken to change for his daughter.

Wilson was sentenced to two years and seven months in jail and ordered to pay $ 1,100 in reparation.

“I’m 35 now. I know at the end of the day I’m in jail, but I can honestly say I won’t be coming back here, ”Wilson said.

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