Notts thief who stole from nurse back in court for pinching delivery vans

A Notts thief who was jailed for stealing from a district nurse in the early days of the lockdown is back in court for pilfering from delivery vans.

Thursday, 21st January 2021, 1:49 pm

Gareth Gilson received 16 weeks in prison after he smashed a window and stole the nurse's laptop and bank cards from her car in Bilborough, on March 31 last year.

The cards were found to have been used in several shops in the NG8 area.

Gilson was back before Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday to be sentenced for his role in stealing two delivery vans in the Nottingham area, last year.

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Prosecutor Gurdial Singh described how both One Motion Logistics vans were later recovered, but dashcams valued at £974 and £1,337 were taken.

The first theft was “opportunistic,” he said, but Gilson acted “in concert” with Dane Broadley on the second, on June 15, last year.

The court heard Gilson has committed 80 offences in the past, including 29 for dishonesty, ten for theft from motor vehicles, and nine for driving while disqualified.

Matthew Smith, mitigating, said he has already served the equivalent of a 10-month sentence and entered an early guilty plea.

He said he struggled to find work or claim benefits on his release from prison, but conceded that his poor record "aggravates his position."

"He realises that more acquisitive offending and driving while disqualified will lead to more custody," Mr Smith said.

Gilson, 37, of Minver Crescent, Aspley, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from a motor vehicle, and two counts of driving while disqualified. Dane Broadley, 26, of Chandos Street, Netherfield, admitted the second theft of a motor vehicle.

Stephen Tettey, for Broadley, said his client hoped to be present at the birth of his child and asked for a suspended sentence.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC told Gilson he almost committed offences as "second nature.”

Addressing them both he said: "Both of you need your heads knocking against a hard object so you can wake up. Sadly I can't pass that sentence.”

He sentenced Gilson to 12 months and banned him from driving for one year. He handed nine months to Broadley, but suspended the sentence for 18 months.

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