18 Sep 2009

Riot sequel: student convicted of theft

3:35 pm on 18 September 2009

An Invercargill business student who stole a police officer's hat during the Undie 500 riots last weekend has been convicted of theft.

He was one of the final group of Undie 500-related arrests being processed by the Dunedin District Court on Friday.

Brodie Luke Feaver, 19, admitted stealing the female officer's hat. He said he thought it would be funny.

Judge Paul Kellar convicted him and imposed a fine of $500 plus court costs. He told Feaver the conviction will have a negative impact on his career and ability to travel overseas.

Jamahl Collins, 19, admitted breaching the liquor ban and was also fined $500 plus court costs.

Police withdrew a charge of obstruction against another man, aged 20, saying there was not enough evidence to proceed.

Thirty-seven of the 67 people arrested during the Undie 500 weekend are on Friday's court list. However, most of them will not appear in person, as their cases have been adjourned until 2 October.