Shane Michael Woodcock
NZ Herald story here about his reoffending
Background from THE PRESS Nov 20, 2002
A chance sighting by an alert policeman was Shane Michael Woodcock's undoing. Woodcock, jailed yesterday for stealing from old people, is well known to Christchurch police. When a constable saw him getting into a car with an elderly woman, he took the registration number, checked the ownership online, and visited the woman. That was in September. The 81-year-old had first been approached by Woodcock in April, and the officer in charge of the case, Detective Paul Merrett, of the New Brighton police, believes he had probably followed her home from church.
He had visited her 21 times in that period, asking for money on a whole range of pretexts: he needed to get to Rangiora, he needed to pay for a locksmith, for a trip to the North Island, to get to a grandparent's funeral. Mr Merrett says the woman handed over the money little by little, and when the police found her she had parted with $5345. "She told the police officer she was having problems, but had been too scared to tell her family, and thought that they would be upset with her, that she had let them down," he said.
Her life savings have gone. Mr Merrett says Woodcock also approached a blind woman and stole money from her address. He then went back to her house, saying he wanted to discuss the person who had been arrested for the theft and he then stole some more. Woodcock, 34, a sickness beneficiary, had admitted three charges of theft, three of false pretences, and one of being found unlawfully in the grounds of an old people's home. Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen Erber sentenced him to 4 years 6 months in jail.
Date of Birth
Assault of a 71 year old man in November 1991
Also 43 other convictions for burglary, theft, fraud, false pretences and being unlawfully in the grounds of an elderly people's home
Further similar offending in Christchurch in 2008 to early 2010
At large in Christchurch
Sentenced to 4 years 6 months with a 3 year non parole period in November 2002
Released, reoffended, sentenced to 3 years 6 months in May 2011
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