Woman went on joyrides with teen while out on parole

A woman was on parole for armed hold-ups when she went on joyrides with her teenage friend, a court has heard.

Cyenna Diane Allimain Grace-Ngaro (24) was given early release from a three-and-a-half-year jail term in July last year.

Grace-Ngaro told the Parole Board at her final hearing that she had become "a different person" since targeting Dunedin dairies with her two co-offenders, and wanted to "grow her life" when she was released.

The board expressed concern she had received no psychological therapy while locked up but stressed she had strong family support.

Just a couple of months of freedom, though, and Grace-Ngaro was back in trouble.

On October 2 last year, she was with a 15-year-old boy in Dunedin when they found a Subaru Legacy in Lees St, smashed a window and got inside.

Later, in Andersons Bay, they broke into a Nissan Tiida and embarked on a joyride around the city, the teen driving.

He fled from police twice before being tyre-spiked in Kaikorai Valley Rd.

The duo abandoned the vehicle in Salisbury Rd and were arrested nearby.

Grace-Ngaro was due to be sentenced in March but at that hearing the court heard she had not completed an interview with Probation.

She was with friends when the department called and eventually hung up saying: "I have things to do".

That resulted in her spending almost the past three months behind bars.

Grace-Ngaro was convicted of two charges of unlawfully entering a vehicle and jailed by Judge Michael Turner for five months.

Because of time spent on remand, she will be released soon.



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