Thieving pair convicted
A pair of Titahi Bay thieves appeared in Porirua District Court last Tuesday.
Scott McMurtrie, 41, and Bronwyn Smith, 42, pleaded guilty to a joint charge of shoplifting, and separately on three more charges.
On May 11, the couple visited Briscoes in Taranaki St and picked out new bedding worth $170.
Smith put the items in a canvas bag while McMurtrie kept watch for security. They left the store without paying.
Later that month McMurtrie drove his car into a security guard, who was attempting to stop him leaving the North City Shopping Centre car park.
The guard was not seriously injured.
Two months later, on July 4, McMurtrie visited Countdown had been sparked by his depression after working 80-hour weeks as a self-employed painter in Hamilton. ‘‘He hit burnout,’’ Ross said. He said McMurtrie had recently found work again as a painter.
‘‘Life did take a downturn for him, a slump if you like, but things are on the upturn now.’’
Judge Chris Tuohy convicted McMurtrie and sentenced him to 10 weeks’ community detention.
He ordered him to pay $85 in reparation to Briscoes.
He convicted Smith on the joint charge and a second charge of stealing sheets from Spotlight Porirua on May 11.
Smith was sentenced to 50 hours’ community work and ordered to pay $70 reparation to Spotlight and $85 to Briscoes.