A man who has been convicted of hacking into bank internet sites has escaped a prison sentence. Thomas Gawith transferred funds of almost $14,000 between Kiwibank accounts in June last year. The twenty year old was sentenced on one of the six charges to 80 hours community work and 12 months supervision.

Justice Atkins said Gawith avoided a prison term because he did not benefit financially from the offending and the money had been returned to the victims. He said that if Gawith reoffends in the coming year, he would be called for sentencing on the other five charges.