Recidivist says happier in jail

Kaama Waenga
Kaama Waenga
A man who has spent several years deliberately reoffending to go back to prison believes he can be more himself there, a report says.

Kaama Tetakoree Waenga (31) appeared in the Dunedin District Court yesterday on two charges of intentional damage and one of possessing a weapon.

On July 2, just days after being released following another jail stint, the defendant went to a car yard in South Dunedin with a metre-long metal pipe.

He smashed the windscreen of a Toyota and the headlight of Renault before leaving the premises.

Minutes later, he walked into a dairy in Hillside Rd still wielding the pipe.

Waenga smashed a confectionery display then dropped the weapon and told the shopkeeper to call police.

When arrested, the man said he had "had enough of life".

Judge Kevin Phillips asked him to elaborate on the explanation yesterday.

"I don’t have a purpose so I resort to these kind of things. It’s not an excuse though," Waenga said.

The court heard there may be a bed at residential rehabilitation facility Moana House but the defendant quickly stymied that plan.

"It’s my decision at the end of the day. I don’t agree to go," he said. "It’s not adequate. It’s not suited to me."

A Probation report revealed a little more about Waenga and his unwavering desire to remain behind bars.

It described him as having "personal difficulties" and wanting to remove himself from society.

Prison, the report said, gave Waenga "space" and allowed him to be himself.

Judge Phillips told the self-represented man that there was no other option but imprisonment.

"Whatever, if it’s jail it’s jail. I just came here to receive my sentence," Waenga said.

The judge imposed a sentence of six months, which means the man will be out again in a matter of weeks.

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