Petrol thief pays up

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

A thief with a conscience stole petrol, but re­turned the next day to pay for it.

Hay­den Paul Rizvi pleaded guilty to steal­ing $ 123.40 worth of petrol when he ap­peared in Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Lucette Kuhn said that on Oc­to­ber 9, Rizvi and two as­so­ciates filled up their ve­hi­cle at BP Mana, but in­stead of pay­ing, made off with the petrol.

The car was re­ported to po­lice driv­ing dan­ger­ously near Pukerua Bay and was even­tu­ally Rau­mati.

Rizvi’s lawyer, Sarah Pet­tett, said he showed his re­gret for the crime by go­ing back to pay the next day.

‘‘ It was im­me­di­ate re­morse demon­strated,’’ she said.

Judge John Walker said Rizvi’s ac­tions of re­turn­ing to pay had saved him from com­mu­nity ser­vice.

He was con­victed and or­dered to come up for sen­tenc­ing if called upon within six months.

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