Bury man jailed for handling phone stolen from disabled woman

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
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A Bury St Edmunds man who admitted handling a mobile phone stolen from a disabled woman has been jailed.

Stephen Pryce, 23, of Jocelyne Close, appeared yesterday, Tuesday December 8, at Ipswich Crown Court.

He had pleaded guilty to handling a mobile phone belonging to Marion Rigby between May 22 and May 25 this year.

Jailing him for four months, Judge Martyn Levett told Pryce that the phone could have provided Mrs Rigby with a “lifeline” if she had got into difficulties while using her mobility scooter.

The court heard from Nicola May, prosecuting, that the Sony phone had been in a handbag which was stolen from Mrs Rigby after she was followed to an isolated nature reserve near the A14 in Bury St Edmunds.

Miss May said the handbag was later recovered but the phone and some cash was missing.

Police discovered that the phone had come into Pryce’s possession and he had sold it to a woman, who was unaware it was stolen, for £20.

The phone was found when officers searched the woman’s house.

Miss May said that although Pryce admitted handling the phone, he had said he was not aware of who it had been stolen from.