Man wanted money for kids’ gifts

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT -

A Can­nons Creek man tried to sell a stolen DVD player to pay for his chil­dren’s Christ­mas presents.

Scott Ed­ward Byrnes, 32, was con­victed and fined $ 430 at Porirua District Court last week, and was or­dered by Judge John Walker to pay $89 repa­ra­tion.

The Akai player was stolen from The Ware­house in Porirua.

On Novem­ber 26, Byrnes tried to sell it at Cash Con­vert­ers in Porirua. Staff there be­came sus­pi­cious be­cause the player was still in its pack­ag­ing.

When po­lice ques­tioned Byrnes, he would not say who gave him the player, po­lice prose­cu­tor Paul Macky said.

Byrnes told of­fi­cers he should have known bet­ter.

Byrnes’ lawyer, Louise Brown, said her client had pro­vided the name ‘‘Daniel’’, but would not name an­other as­so­ciate be­cause of that per­son’s dan­ger­ous con­nec­tions.

Af­ter his job was cut from 40 hours a week to 10 hours, Byrnes got in debt and be­came des­per­ate, Ms Brown said.

He was try­ing to raise money to buy Christ­mas presents for his chil­dren, she said.

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