Truckie told to pay for stolen fuel

COURT REPORTER
Last updated 05:00 08/02/2014

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A Temuka man is paying the price after stealing fuel from his workplace over a three-day period.

Anthony Montgomery, 61, a truck driver, appeared in the Timaru District Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to one charge of theft.

The offending took place at Montgomery's workplace, the Red Bus Company in Christchurch, where he was working in the fuelling bay. While refuelling buses, Montgomery would fill containers with oil and diesel for his own benefit.

The offending equated to $545 worth of fuel and oil.

Defence counsel John Black said Montgomery was "extremely remorseful".He had financial difficulties at the time and he "succumbed to the temptation".

Montgomery lost his job immediately and has since moved to South Canterbury.

Judge Joanna Maze took into account that the value of fuel and oil taken was low and he had accepted responsibility for his actions with an early guilty plea.

"You've also apologised ... weighing things up it's hard to identify any other aspect to make an amends ... I can recognise your remorse ... this was an offence at the low end of the scale."

Montgomery was ordered to pay $545 reparation and to come up if called on in nine months.

Other matters Aaron James Davidson, 37, of Timaru: EBA 591mcg, wilful damage (three charges), offensive language, behaving in offensive manner - 50 hours' community work and to pay $480 reparation.

Eli Jacob Donavan, 21, machine operator of Waimate: Cultivation of cannabis, possession of cannabis utensils, possession of cannabis - 80 hours' community work, nine months' supervision, to complete drug and alcohol assessments.

Cori Crutchley, 19, fisherman, of Waitomo: Intentional damage (three charges) - to pay $1481 reparation.

Stella Norman, 43, beneficiary, of Timaru: Possession of precursor substance for heroin, breach of bail - convicted and sentenced to 60 hours' community work for first charge, convicted and discharged for second.

Thomas David Charles Redwood, 21, student, of Geraldine: Driving while disqualified - convicted and fined $300, disqualified for six months.

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