Apologies for crime spree

A TOUCH of the guilts and anxiety over his mini pre-Christmas crime spree led Lismore thief Ashley Hazeldine to write a four-page letter of ‘heartfelt apologies’ to a Lismore Local Court magistrate.

In it he apologised for his ‘disgusting and disgraceful’ behaviour.

Hazeldine, 35, pleaded guilty before magistrate Nicholas Reimer to seven charges including stealing a red Subaru at Wooloweyah, just south of Yamba, on December 17.

There are three charges of breaking into and stealing from three homes in the village, and the theft of cameras, an iPod, plasma television, sunglasses, wallets, two laptop computers, DVD player and a stereo, with a total value of $9000.

The disability pensioner drove his loot back home in the stolen Subaru and sold the items.

When arrested by police in Lismore on Christmas Eve he was still using the Subaru as his own vehicle. Hazeldine also pleaded guilty to three counts of disposing ofstolen property.

Through his lawyer Ben Cochrane, Hazeldine stated he suffered anxiety and wanted the matter finalised.

Mr Cochrane tendered the four-page handwritten letter from his client to the magistrate.

“It is articulate, direct and shows insight, and he is very eager for a (court) result and to get on serving his custodial sentence,” Mr Cochrane said.

“His application is that you finalise it to avoid further anxiety of delay.”

After reading the letter Mr Reimer said he would not sentence Hazeldine until a Presentence Report was done. The case was adjourned to February 1.

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