Carlisle man on suspended sentence admits 'stupid' wire theft
Last updated at 15:29, Saturday, 20 October 2012
A man who stole hundreds of pounds of wire while already on a suspended sentence admitted his “stupid” crime.
Joseph Cooney, of Brookside, Carlisle, carried out the theft, from a business at Beck Farm, Crosby-on-Eden, last month.
At the time Cooney, 36, was already serving a two-year suspended sentence for another theft, which he was convicted of in 2010.
The owner of the firm, a building supplier, had locked up his premises in the early evening of Thursday, September 6.
By chance he passed his business later that night when he saw a vehicle parked nearby.
Feeling suspicious, he wrote down its registration number.
The following day he found wire used for fencing, worth £512, had been stolen.
He reported the registration number to police, and it was traced to Cooney.
Tim Evans, prosecuting, said officers had visited Cooney about the theft and were told: “It’s [the wire] in my van.”
Alison Whalley, defending, told the Carlisle Crown Court: “He accepts the charge. It is a stupid offence and he shouldn’t have committed it.”
She said Cooney was working as a joiner and helping a family member deal with a hard drug addiction.
Ms Whalley added that any custodial sentence would have an impact on Cooney’s four children.
Judge Peter Hughes said: “The offence that you committed is the sort of offence that is so easy to commit and so difficult for builders to protect themselves from.”
He gave Cooney a two-year suspended sentence.
He also gave him a to keep him at home from 8pm to 6am for 16 weeks and ordered him to pay costs of £350.
The judge added that he took the decision not to imprison Cooney reluctantly because the crime was carried out while he was serving a suspended sentence.
He said: “If you do the same sort of thing again, do not expect the same degree of leniency.”
First published at 15:18, Saturday, 20 October 2012
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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