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A Chilean charged in Queenstown last week with domestic assault is being deported as an overstayer back to his home country. 

Jose Moreira, 40, who worked as a painter in town, had been wanted by Immigration New Zealand after similar offending in Christchurch two years ago, sergeant Steve Watt says. Police arrested Moreira at a Frankton address on Monday night last week. 

“He and his partner had had a verbal argument which escalated into him bending her fingers back,” Watt says. 

Moreira was convicted and discharged in court next day, then arrested under theImmigration Act.Watt and his fellow arresting officer, constable Brian Fitzpatrick, will accompany Moreira to Santiago tomorrow. 

“He’s been deemed as a risk so Immigration requested that he be escorted back,” Watt says, 

Break-ins on the rise 

Police are concerned about a spate of recent burglaries in the 

Wakatipu.Last Friday afternoon, a woman discovered a man 
getting out of a loft hatch in the ceiling of her house in Robertson Street. 

“He told her he’d slept there for the night because he had nowhere to stay,” constable Sean Drader says. “We believe he is someone who used to live in Queenstown but had moved to Christchurch and we want to catch up with him as soon as possible.” 

Later the same day, two bags containing a purse, ski goggles, makeup and a ski jacket were pinched from a house in Huff Street. 

On the evening of June 17, someone climbed up a wall to enter a house in Fernhill where a group of visitors from Singapore were staying and nicked a bag containing a Panasonic camera. 

Earlier the same day, cash and a black wooden box containing a commemorative Spitfire watch were taken from a house on the Arrowtown to Lake Hayes Road.