Store se­cu­rity ra­zor sharp

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A Can­nons Creek man with an ex­pen­sive taste in ra­zors avoided a jail sen­tence last week.

Matthew Ju­nior Cum­mings, 37, was con­victed and dis­charged by Judge Chris Tuohy af­ter he stole ra­zors and shavers worth $ 51.46 from Porirua Pak ’n Save on July 20.

The stolen ra­zors must have been top shelf, Judge Tuohy told Cum­mings.

‘‘You must have pinched the best shavers in the su­per­mar­ket. You can buy the Bic ones for un­der $5,’’ he said.

Cum­mings, a mover, stole the ra­zors be­cause he needed to shave for a 60th birth­day party that evening, po­lice prose­cu­tor Lucette Kuhn said at Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day.

He was apolo­getic when caught by se­cu­rity guards and when po­lice ar­rived, Ms Kuhn said.

‘‘ He was very em­bar­rassed by what he did.’’

The shoplift­ing car­ried a max­i­mum penalty of three months’ jail.

In Cum­mings’ favour was his early guilty plea and his strait­ened cir­cum­stances – he was cur­rently on ACC for a back com­plaint and had six chil­dren to care for.

Cum­mings had not ap­peared in court for five years.

Any fu­ture shoplift­ing would carry a com­mu­nity work sen­tence, Judge Tuohy said.

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