Honest thief returns weights

An Southland man who returned weights he had stolen today told a judge he felt bad about his offending.

George Teaupouri Whakaari, 34, appeared before Judge Brian Callaghan in the Invercargill District Court today for theft on April 10.

The court was told Whakaari took a weight bench and three weights worth $500 from the porch of a house in Riverton.

However, Whakaari felt bad about his offending and later returned the items and apologised to the man he took them from.

In court, Whakaari said he did not mean take them and he "felt really bad about it".

He was convicted and fined $200.

Judge Callaghan said it appeared Whakaari's conscience got the better of him.

The Southland Times