A driver who snatched a woman's handbag, dragging her 3m in a
supermarket car park, has been sentenced to eight months'
Christine Daphne McLaren (22), of Clinton, appeared for
sentencing in the Dunedin District Court.
The summary said a 25-year-old woman was loading her
groceries into her vehicle at Countdown Central supermarket,
about 6pm on January 29, when McLaren reversed from a park
and slowed alongside her.
McLaren reached out and grabbed the woman's handbag from the
child seat of the trolley. While McLaren was trying to pull
the handbag into her vehicle, the woman grabbed hold of the
McLaren accelerated heavily, pulling the woman along beside
the vehicle. After a short distance, the woman fell and was
dragged about 3m along the ground.
McLaren kept a hold on the bag until the woman let go, then
drove from the car park at speed.
The woman suffered grazing and bruising requiring medical
attention, and the clothes she was wearing were damaged
McLaren's explanation was she was heavily affected by drugs
and had little recollection of her actions.
Crown counsel Richard Smith said the incident had the
potential for serious consequences.
Judge Kevin Phillips agreed. It was only through good fortune
the victim received no permanent injury, he said.
This week, Judge Phillips also sentenced McLaren to carry out
250 hours' community work and pay $920 reparation, and
disqualified her from driving for 12 months.
She had been convicted of aggravated injury and stealing the
Counsel John Westgate said McLaren no longer associated with
her then peer group. She had removed herself from a
co-dependent relationship and had undergone detoxification.
McLaren had been in a drug-induced cloud. Once she got her
head out of there, she felt shame, regret and sadness for her
McLaren was also being dealt with on a theft committed about
one and a-quarter hours after the supermarket car park
incident, and convictions for two breaches of community work.
The theft facts were McLaren and an associate arrived at
Cableways car park in McLaren's vehicle, about 7.15pm.
McLaren removed a GPS unit and a bottle of Opal Nera liqueur
from an unlocked 4WD vehicle, and returning to her vehicle
was confronted by the 4WD owner.
Reversing erratically from the parking lot, she crashed into
two stationary vehicles and sped off.
For the theft of the handbag in Countdown car park, she was
sentenced to three months' home detention, and for the theft
at Cableways and the community work breaches two months' home
detention (all concurrent with the eight months).
In addition, she is to pay $1969.94 reparation for the theft
and damage at Cableways car park; and she is to be under post
detention conditions for six months.