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Man charged with smashing up unfinished Hawke's Bay home

Author
Astrid Austin, Hawkes Bay Today,
Section
National,
Publish Date
Monday, 7 January 2019, 4:00p.m.
Moyrah Ryan Lewis is glad someone is being held to account after 20 double-glazed windows in her unfinished Otane property were smashed just before Christmas. Photo / File.
Moyrah Ryan Lewis is glad someone is being held to account after 20 double-glazed windows in her unfinished Otane property were smashed just before Christmas. Photo / File.

A 30-year-old man has been charged with wilful damage after 20 double glazed windows of an unfinished Hawke's Bay new build were smashed with rocks.

Moyrah Ryan Lewis was left "devastated" by the attack on her Otane property in the early hours of December 22, just days after a dust-up with builders led them to walk off-site.

A police spokesman said on Monday a 30-year-old man would appear in Waipukurau Court on January 21 to face a charge of wilful damage in relation to the incident on Higginson St.

Police would not confirm the name or the occupation of the alleged offender, saying it was now before the courts.

It is understood CCTV footage from a nearby takeaway store helped identify a suspect.

Ryan Lewis said she was glad someone was being held to account and she was feeling a lot "stronger" than immediately after the incident.

"The first week I was tearful and my husband was having mini strokes, so it was pretty stressful for us."

With work to start again this week, after the Christmas break, Ryan Lewis feels positive about where the build is heading.

"We have got good people on board to support us."

While insurance will cover the damage, which is estimated to be more than $40,000, the damage meant the building work would be delayed, putting them over budget.

On top of that, Ryan Lewis had to pay $1000 in excess, which she hopes will be paid by the alleged offender.

Just days after the incident occurred, her insurance company brought a glazier in to clean up the shattered glass and board up all the windows.

Her original builders from Tauranga, where Ryan Lewis and her husband moved from, will do a couple of weeks worth of labour for them, as will contractors who contacted her after she placed ads online.

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