Can­nons Creek res­i­dent wanted to make quick cash

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT -

A Can­nons Creek man at­tempted to steal a 32-inch tele­vi­sion from The Ware­house Porirua be­cause he needed to make some quick cash.

Scott Ed­ward Byrnes, 31, pleaded guilty to one charge of theft at Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Mike Craig said that on Jan­uary 28 Byrnes walked into The Ware­house and picked up a 32-inch high-def­i­ni­tion tele­vi­sion, val­ued at $ 299.98, be­fore at­tempt­ing to avoid se­cu­rity and leave the store with­out pay­ing.

Mr Craig said Byrnes said he had no money to pay rent and needed to make some fast, oth­er­wise he would be home­less.

De­fence lawyer Louise Brown said Byrnes was in a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion be­cause his ex­penses each week were more than his ben­e­fit.

‘‘The re­al­ity is he is hav­ing dif­fi­culty with his fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion,’’ she said.

He was also pay­ing off a sen­tence of fines and a $1000 bank loan.

Ms Brown said Byrnes was made re­dun­dant from his job last year and was job search­ing.

Judge Walker said the sit­u­a­tion was no ex­cuse to steal.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple are des­per­ate, a lot of peo­ple have dif­fi­culty,’’ he said.

Judge Walker con­victed Byrnes and sen­tenced him to 40 hours’ com­mu­nity work and sug­gested he sought bud­get­ing help.

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