Conman's sentencing delayed

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 12:52 14/03/2014
 Pita Edwards
SENTENCE DELAYED: Conman Pita Edwards.

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Sentencing for a Wellington conman who posed as a doctor and a top lawyer during a high profile crime spree has been delayed.

Pita Phillip Edwards, 26, appeared in Wellington District Court today for sentencing today but will have to wait a little longer to hear his jail term.

He pleaded guilty in January to more than a dozen fraud, burglary, and dishonesty charges.

Only a week after being freed from prison, Edwards had impersonated a doctor, talked his way into exclusive premises around Wellington and even tried to crack a safe. 

Edwards first attracted police attention when a Corrections officer spotted him on CCTV at Otago University medical school at Wellington Hospital in November last year wearing a stethoscope.

Police caught up with him after 16 days on the run when he tried to bank a cheque in prominent Victoria University media law expert Steven Price's name.

Judge Denys Barry approved an application by Edwards' lawyer Philippa Sullivan to adjourn the sentencing date to later this month.

Mr Barry noted the prosecution was seeking a term of eight years imprisonment.

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