A magistrate told a man who admitted receiving stolen fuel that he was ‘guilty of being stupid’ by buying diesel from travellers.
Scott Hyam, 27, of Eldo Road, West Row, pleaded guilty to dishonestly receiving stolen goods in Barton Mills on June 1 when he appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.
Rosalind Cappleman, prosecuting, said he was traced by police following reports of fuel stolen from tractors at a farm on June 20. Two cigarette butts were found at the scene and DNA identified Hyam.
When interviewed, Hyam said he was not involved in the theft but had bought stolen diesel from travellers. He said he entered their vehicle and ‘may have discarded’ a cigarette.
Malcolm Plummer, in mitigation, said: “He was tempted to buy very cheap diesel from these travellers.”
Joy Watkins-Ellis, chairman of the bench, said: “If anything you’re guilty of being stupid for buying diesel from travellers.”
He was given a 12 month conditional discharge with £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.