A Whangarei thief who allegedly
targeted tourists has been jailed for a month for swearing at
the judge who had just remanded him in custody over the busy
Christmas New Year visitor period.
Hoori Jordan Puriri, 21, appeared in Whangarei District Court
on Tuesday on a number of charges, including four of
unlawfully interfering with a motor vehicle, two of theft of
a handbag, one of theft of a wallet, one of dangerous driving
and another of failing to stop for police.
Judge Duncan Harvey declined bail, saying Puriri's charges
related to the targeting of tourists' vehicles at various
places around Whangarei. Judge Harvey then remanded Puriri in
custody until February 3 so he would be out of circulation
for the busy visitor period.
As Puriri was being led from the dock he swore at Judge
Harvey at least twice, prompting the judge to tell his
lawyer, Leon Penney, to go and have a word with Puriri in the
cells below the court before calling him back to the dock an
hour or so later.
Mr Penney then said Puriri's outburst was because he was
frustrated at being remanded in custody and away from his
family over the Christmas period.
Judge Harvey told the prisoner: "For you to speak to me like
that in open court when members of the public are in the back
of the court is simply unacceptable. Through your lawyer you
did not even offer an apology."
He sentenced Puriri to one month's jail for his foul-mouthed