A woman who obtained stolen goods and accidentally sold the items back to their owner has escaped jail time.
Louise Surgenor, 23, appeared at Tauranga District Court on Wednesday facing a number of charges for obtaining and attempting to sell stolen goods.
The charges relate to around $5000 of stolen property.
Judge David Cameron described the incident as an unusual one.
“Once obtained, some of the items were then sold on TradeMe to their original owner.”
He says the owner had at the time already claimed insurance on the stolen items.
“It is a serious offence not only to obtain stolen goods, but to then sell them on as well.
“In this instance, you have managed to sell those goods on to the person whom they belong to.
“You say you were unaware at the time that was the owner of the goods and have indicated that you are very remorseful.
“After meeting and speaking with the owner you say they are a very nice person.”
He asked the woman to take into account the seriousness of her offending.
“This is a charge which usually results in people going to jail.”
He ordered she pay reparation costs of $500 directly to the owner to cover insurance excess costs and serve 60 hours community work.