Man used stolen paywave credit card to buy more than $300 of alcohol, pies, cigarette and lighters

Ariki Leigh James Haddon pleaded guilty to six charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage.
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Ariki Leigh James Haddon pleaded guilty to six charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage.

A man who went on booze, cigarette and junk food spending spree using the paywave function on a stolen credit card clocked up more than $300 before police caught up with him.

In the New Plymouth District Court on Thursday, Ariki Leigh James Haddon pleaded guilty to six charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage on May 22.

The summary of facts said Haddon was picked up in the New Plymouth CBD by two associates, who told him they had an ANZ Visa debit paywave card that had been stolen during a burglary from a Beach St address.

Haddon then went and used the card at Countdown Spotswood and four petrol stations over seven hours, spending a total of $324.71.

When he was spoken to by police, Haddon admitted he knew the card was stolen but used it anyway.

Defence lawyer Susan Hurley said Haddon completely accepted the offending.

She said he had bought alcohol, pies, cigarettes and lighters and while he did enjoy some of the "fruits of his labour", he wasn't the only person to benefit from the theft.

"He might have been taken advantage of to some extent but he knows he should not have been using the card," she said.

Judge Chris Sygrove ordered him to complete 100 hours of community work and pay reparation at $10 a week.

 - Stuff

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