A former courier driver has been convicted after stealing more than $22,000 worth of tobacco that he was supposed to deliver.

David Lawrence Severinsen-Maddren pleaded guilty to two theft charges when he appeared before Judge Philip Crayton at the Whanganui District Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor Stephen Butler said Severinsen-Maddren worked as a relief courier driver for Courier Post.

Between August 17 and September 5 of this year, Severinsen-Maddren received two packages of cigarettes and tobacco from British American Tobacco, that he was supposed to deliver in Whanganui.


But the packages were never delivered.

Courier Post employed an investigator to find out what had happened to the packages. When confronted, Severinsen-Maddren admitted he had taken them. He handed over $1900 in cash and a large quantity of tobacco.

"He told police he was under financial pressure," Mr Butler said.

Severinsen-Maddren's lawyer, Debbie Goodlet, said this was her client's first offence. She said he was open to being involved in the restorative justice process.

Judge Crayton convicted Severinsen-Maddren on both theft charges, and remanded him on bail him so he can take part in restorative justice with his former employer.

Judge Crayton warned Severinsen-Maddren he could be going to jail.