Man stole on eve of court case

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A MAN has been handed a year- long community order for hiding £1,000 of lead and copper at his home the day before he was sentenced for a burglary.

Omar Parfett, 20, of Red Lodge, pleaded guilty to theft by finding at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

Parfett admitted to finding £200 worth of lead roll and a copper cylinder worth £800 lying in a hedge near his home on October 30. He took the items and hid them in bins at his property, battering the copper cylinder so it would fit.

The next day Parfett was up in court for the burglary of a non-residential building and was handed a 12 month community order.

He was due to begin part of the community order, a thinking skills programme, on November 17 but had to cancel it as it clashed with his appearance before magistrates.

Prosecuting, Rosalind Cappleman said: “He says he found all the items in a play park on his estate.

“He took the items and took them to his bungalow.

“He stored them in a bin on the property and that is where they were found by police.”

In mitigation, David Stewart said Parfett denied taking the items but should be given credit for pleading guilty to theft by finding. He said the copper cylinder had been returned to its owner but not in a working state.

Parfett was given a 12-month community order including 100 hours of unpaid work, a 12-month supervision order and was told to pay £150 in compensation.