Man damaged bike for drugs

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A 20-YEAR-OLD man dismantled a stolen moped because he was desperate for drugs, a court heard.

Paul James, of Bury Road, in Thetford, pleaded guilty to causing £450 of damage to the Suzuki at Thetford Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

James, who is already in prison, told police he had damaged the moped after being offered cannabis in return.

Yvonne Neill, prosecuting, told the court that the handlebars and indicators were damaged during the incident.

The offence took place on January 4 after the owner had taken the moped to visit a friend at around midday.

Later that afternoon he was told that the moped had been found in a hedge.

James was caught after police found fingerprints on the bike.

He told police that he would ‘not name names’ but that he had seen somebody he knew dragging the moped along the pavement.

Kieran Dunphy, in mitigation, said James was one of four people involved but he had not stolen the bike.

Magistrate Maureen Brown sentenced James to six weeks in prison to run concurrently with his current sentence.