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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 43, October 25, 2009, Article 21

NEW ZEALAND WAR MEDALS THIEF SENTENCED TO ELEVEN YEARS

Jim Duncan forwarded this item about the thief who caused a sensation in New Zealand when he stole a set of rare medals from the Waiouru Army Museum. -Editor

Stolen medals returned A man who stole war medals from Waiouru Army Museum has been jailed for 11 years.

The man, who has name suppression, appeared in Auckland District Court today for sentencing, after pleading guilty to the burglary last month.

He was sentenced to six years for the theft of 96 medals, including nine Victoria Crosses, from the museum in December 2007.

Sentencing the defendant, Judge Graham Hubble said the court took a dim view of dabbling in national treasures and holding them to ransom.

He said he gave the man a substantial discount for entering an early guilty plea, returning the medals and the ransom, and the fact that he had stood up in court today and apologised.

The defendant told the court he did not mean to target anyone individually.

"I apologise to all servicemen past and present who served for this country.

"I did it for my own personal gain and I sincerely apologise for everything I've done," he said.

Jim adds:

A related piece of trivia - the accused party was caught and ticketed for speeding on his way to the Museum to steal the medals!

To read the complete article, see: Eleven years for war medals thief (nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/6372915/eleven-years-for-war-medals-thief/)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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