Zachary Finlayson, 19, was ordered to pay $250 in reparation after he was a passenger in a car that had been stolen and taken for a joy ride and ended up burnt out.
Blenheim District Court Prosecutor Graham Single said Finlayson was at a juvenile associate's address when they decided to take the associate's grandparents' car.
They pushed the car out of the driveway and down the street, where they started it and took it for a joyride until it started to have mechanical problems.
The car was worth $800 and the associate, alleged to have been the driver, was ordered to pay $400 in reparation.
Finlayson's lawyer, John Holdaway, said his client should not have to pay the full $400 in reparations because he was not in the car when the mechanical problems happened, and was not aware of them.
Finlayson was to pay the $250 in weekly instalments.
- The Marlborough Express