A les­son learned

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT REPORT -

A Taka­puwahia teenager has sworn off spir­its af­ter a night drink­ing bour­bon ended with him steal­ing cash from Ti­tahi Bay’s Mariner pub.

House painter Alan McKay, 19, drank for sev­eral hours at the Mariner on July 25. As the bar man­ager was clos­ing up at 10.20pm, McKay grabbed $ 72 from an open till and ran out the door, drop­ping $20 in the process.

When he ar­rived home he had no mem­ory of the in­ci­dent, but his mother sus­pected some­thing had hap­pened and rang the po­lice.

McKay was charged with theft and faced up to three months in prison when he ap­peared at Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day.

McKay’s lawyer, Sue In­s­ley, said he had never drunk spir­its be­fore and was shocked. ‘‘ He hasn’t had a drink since, it shook him so much.’’

Judge Ian Mill sen­tenced McKay to 40 hours’ com­mu­nity work on top of the 180 hours he was al­ready serv­ing for a pre­vi­ous bur­glary of­fence.

He will re­pay the $52 to the Mariner and write a let­ter of apol­ogy to its man­ager.

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