Man wanted money for kids’ gifts
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.