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From the Manawatu Standard
Tubman spoke of having difficulty in dealing with Work and Income, but knew it was not an excuse for his offending, he said. He had "anger and bitterness" at the completion of a temporary work contract from a construction company that hired him at his release from a prison sentence for robbery on February 25, Mr Steedman said. The butcher-by-trade knew it was only temporary, but he had become used to going to work every day.
He ransacked and set fire to a manager's family home in revenge, the court heard. It was that fire, and one where he destroyed a shed and van belonging to special needs students at Freyberg High School, that he had the most difficulty dealing with now. "I sat there and made him look at every single photo in that book," Mr Steedman said. Judge Gerard Lynch said the "staggering" damage across the city totalled just over $575,000, but there was close to another $53,000 worth as well.
"This was one of the worst cases of arson and burglary to come before the court in years." Tubman had 17 previous burglary convictions, 13 of wilful damage, and he had just been released from prison following a robbery conviction. He had led an unproductive life, while maintaining untreated drug and alcohol issues, Judge Lynch said. But his guilty plea had been "refreshingly prompt". It was unrealistic to impose reparation orders, he said.
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Convicted of 17 charges of arson, burglary and possession of burglary tools in Palmerston North from May to June 2009
Had just been released from prison for a robbery at the time
Previous convictions include burglary (x17), wilful damage (x13)
Sentenced to 6 years with a 4 year minimum non-parole period in September 2009
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