Thiev­ing pair con­victed

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT/NEWS -

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.

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