Blackouts lead to theft attempts
A Titahi Bay man blamed blackouts for attempting to steal a flatscreen television and more than $100 worth of groceries.
Derek William Ryder, 49, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft in Porirua District Court on Tuesday.
Police prosecutor Lucette Kuhn said last August 26 Ryder walked into the Porirua Warehouse, picked up a flatscreen television and attempted to leave with it. The following day he walked into Pak’n Save Porirua, put $ 138 worth of groceries in a trolley and again tried to leave without paying.
Ms Kuhn said the defendant stated he was on medication and could not remember the incidents.
Ryder’s lawyer, Alasdair Ross, said his client had a history of mental illness and was taking extra medication and having blackouts about the time of the events.
‘‘ He wasn’t well,’’ Mr Ross said.
Judge John Walker convicted Ryder and suspended his sentence for six months.