North Wingfield TV thief gets a warning

Chesterfield magistrates court.
Chesterfield magistrates court.

Magistrates warned a thief that even though he has been given a conditional discharge for stealing a TV he will be resentenced for the offence if he commits another crime.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday, October 10, how Andrew Taylor, 27, of Chesterfield Road, North Wingfield, stole a TV and remote control from the Rectory Guest House at Staveley where he had been staying.

Prosecuting solicitor Ian Shaw said: “Mrs Bryony Cooney and her husband run the old Rectory Guest House and Taylor had paid for a night’s accommodation. She could smell cigarette smoke and had a conversation with Taylor about smoking and then Taylor said he wanted £20 back because he was not going to sleep in the bed but she refused. She decided to sleep downstairs and 30 minutes later she heard him coming downstairs, get on his bike and he was struggling at the front of the property and as she checked the room she saw the TV had been ripped from the wall.”

Mr Shaw explained Mrs Cooney asked Taylor about the TV and she phoned the police who found it had been dumped behind an old bingo hall, on nearby Church Street.

Taylor, who had been drinking cider during the incident on September 27, pleaded guilty to stealing the TV and remote control.

Defence solicitor Kirsty Sergeant said Taylor could not recall his actions regarding the TV. She explained that the defendant has an alcohol problem and he had moved out of a hostel because he was being bullied.

Ms Sergeant added: “He accepts responsibility, has pleaded guilty and has shown remorse.”

Magistrates sentenced Taylor to a 12 month conditional discharge and warned if he commits another offence in the next year he will be resentenced for the theft. He must pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge and £15 compensation for damage caused by ripping the TV off a wall.