"Desperate times called for desperate measures" according to a man who stole two televisions and some tools in the leadup to Christmas, the Nelson District Court heard yesterday.
Jordan Ian Nelson, a Nelson tradesman, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, two counts of shoplifting and one count of stealing.
Prosecutor Chris Stringer said that in November Nelson housed a television at his Waimea Rd address to repay a debt to an associate who stole the flat screen TV from a Monaco address.
Nelson later walked in and stole a 40-inch television and later a 39-inch television from The Warehouse, making no attempts to pay for them.
He also stole a set of tools from his employer at the time, Aimex Service Group.
Defence counsel Michael Vesty said the offences were very out of character for Nelson who had five other unrelated convictions.
He was a skilled individual who had lost his job due to a recurring back injury and his failure to receive ACC payments in the leadup to Christmas prompted him to steal the televisions from the Warehouse.
His financial situation was dire at the time and desperate times called for desperate measures, he said.
Mr Vesty said Nelson was very remorseful.
Judge William Hastings asked the defendant whether he was stealing the televisions to gift them to relatives for Christmas.
Nelson said he planned to sell the televisions to pay for food and rent throughout the holiday period.
Judge Hastings said Nelson, as custodian of the stolen TV, was holding the television hostage in order to pay off a debt.
Nelson was convicted and ordered to do 250 hours of community service.
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