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Mobile phone theft 'final straw' for Blackburn mum
12:53pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A 46-YEAR-OLD drug addict was the prime suspect when a mobile phone belonging to his mother’s partner went missing.
Blackburn magistrates heard John Hedley Knagg had stolen from David Crossley in the past and when he was confronted about the missing mobile admitted stealing it.
Knagg, of Wellington Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to theft of a Samsung Galaxy. He was given a conditional discharge for nine months and ordered to pay £160 compensation and £15 costs.
He was also made subject to a restraining order which prohibits him from going within 50m of Mr Crossley’s home address.
Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said it was the final straw for Mr Crossley. The fact that he would steal from him is most upsetting, said Miss Allan.
Gareth Price, defending, said Knagg borrowed the phone, but loaned it to someone and did not get it back.