RIDDINGS: Mum stole phone to recoup booze payout

From the courts
From the courts

A RIDDINGS mum who stole and sold a friend’s £400 mobile phone has been ordered to pay compensation.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how the offence took place after friends including Stacey Clemence enjoyed a drink at Craig Poole’s Alfreton home.

Mr Poole told police Clemence went with him to buy alcohol and offered to pay for it and she borrowed his HTC phone but he could not find it the following morning, October 27.

The court heard Clemence, 24, sold the phone for £105 to Darren Bingley who ran a mobile phone sales site and advertised on Facebook.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Mahon said: “She told her sister about the matter and information was put on Facebook.

“The phone had become inactive and was of no use to Mr Bingley. He tried to contact her but was unsuccessful in getting any money back.”

Clemence told police she was annoyed because Mr Poole put £40 worth of alcohol into her shopping basket and she had paid for it.

She knew Mr Poole had claimed a replacement phone through an insurance policy so she sold the original to get her £40 back. Clemence, of High Street, Riddings, admitted theft. She has a previous conviction for dishonesty.

Magistrates imposed a six-month supervision order and ordered her to pay £105 compensation to Mr Bingley, plus a £60 victim surcharge.

Probation officer Julia Gillot said Clemence had felt under pressure to buy the alcohol and felt under pressure to explain to her partner where the money had gone.