An Irish burglar in New Zealand was arrested after taking a photograph of himself in the act and leaving the camera behind.
David Farrell (26) was among a group of vineyard workers who broke into the River Boat restaurant, in the heart of Marlborough's wine country in New Zealand on December 9. The group drank alcohol and took photos of each other before leaving the camera at the crime scene.
In the Blenheim District Court on Monday Judge Anthony Walsh fined Farrell and his French accomplice, Nicholas Moinet (24), $300 each and order them to pay $240 to the boat’s owner before Friday.
The Marlborough Express reports that the pair boarded the boat with others and consumed three bottles of spirits as well as stealing more than 40 bottles of beer. They then took photos of themselves drinking before leaving the photographic evidence behind.
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"The offenders left the boat and continued drinking at a nearby campground, leaving the camera behind. Police later identified them," Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Single told the court.
The two men worked in a vineyard and lived at the Duncannon Motor Camp.
After the court hearing, River Queen co-owner and operator Peter Makin told the Marlborough Express that he had received an apology from both Farrell and Moinet and that he was happy with the result.
"I'm the victim here, not them. I shouldn't have to suffer for a crime I didn't commit,” he told the newspaper.