Black­outs lead to theft at­tempts

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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.

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