Stolen brake kit sold for $2200

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT -

A Trade Me sale gave away a man who stole from the Porirua com­pany where he had worked for eight years.

Para­pa­raumu res­i­dent Damon Makiri, 37, ap­peared at Porirua District Court last week and pleaded guilty to one charge of theft.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Paul Macky said that be­tween April 20 and 26, Makiri was at work at Mit­subishi Mo­tors New Zealand in He­riot Drive, Porirua, when he stole a Brembo brake kit val­ued at $9604.72.

Macky said Makiri took it off a shelf with the fork­lift, then placed it in the back of his car out­side the ware­house.

On April 26 he listed the item on Trade Me and it was bought for $2260 on April 29.

The buyer trans­ferred money to Makiri’s ac­count.

Po­lice were then alerted to the auc­tion.

Makiri’s lawyer, So­nia This­toll, said he had stolen the item be­cause he wanted to get a nice present for his child’s birth­day.

‘‘ It’s an ex­tremely bad de­ci­sion in a very fraught fi­nan­cial de­ci­sion,’’ This­toll said.

She said his part­ner and chil­dren had no idea the of­fend­ing had taken place.

‘‘His whole fam­ily has been vis­i­bly af­fected by this.’’

Judge John Walker con­victed Makiri and sen­tenced him to 80 hours com­mu­nity work and $2260 in repa­ra­tion.

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