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Home Detention For Final Car-Napper

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Christchurch, April 9 NZPA - Shaun Thomas Guest has been given a chance to turn his life around after being in the grip of a P addiction that got him involved in a "car-napping for ransom" scheme.

He has 30 previous convictions including a firearm offence, extortion, and seven breaches of community work.

But he got eight months of home detention today, when Justice Christine French sentenced him in the High Court at Christchurch on a charge of demanding $17,000 with intent to steal it.

Guest, an unemployed 29-year-old, had pleaded guilty part way through the High Court jury trial in February.

Two of his co-offenders were jailed last month and a third received a community work and supervision sentence.

The Holdens were two rare collector's vehicles worth a total of about $60,000. They had been stolen in a burglary and were offered back for $17,000.

Crown prosecutor Tim Mackenzie said Guest had "harboured" one of the cars and was involved in the hand-over the night they were returned and had received $1000 as his share.

Defence counsel David Ruth said the offending occurred when Guest was in the grip of a methamphetamine addiction, a condition which featured a reckless lifestyle.

That addiction was now in hand, but had been somewhat replaced with alcohol. Guest was assessed as a moderate risk of reoffending and that would be lowered if he did something about his alcohol use.

Justice French imposed eight months of home detention, living with his parents in Lyttelton, and ordered that he undergo assessment and treatment for alcohol and drug abuse, and a departmental rehabilitation programme.

"I believe this sentence presents you with an opportunity to turn your life around and I really hope that you can do so," said the judge.

"I am of the same mind, Your Honour," Guest replied from the dock.

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