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Man took £6k Cannondale electric bike for test ride from Wheelbase and rode off

Man took £6k Cannondale electrical bike for take a look at journey from Wheelbase and rode off

A COURT has heard how a person took a £6,000 electrical mountain bike out for a take a look at journey – and by no means returned.

Francis Thomas Charlesworth landed himself within the dock after the ‘opportunistic’ theft of the electrical bike from a biking superstore.

The 45-year-old defendant admitted that he stole the bike – value £6,19.99 – from Wheelbase in Staveley, close to Windermere.

South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court docket in Barrow heard how Charlesworth travelled from his house in Woodfarm Hey, Liverpool, to purchase a motorbike on August 22, having researched the closest place to purchase one on the web.

The court docket heard that the defendant supposed to purchase the bike on finance and was ‘stunned’ when he was provided a take a look at journey.

After he took the bike police stopped Charlesworth in his automotive for a separate difficulty and found the bike, realizing one had been stolen that day from the Staveley Mill Yard retailer.

The defendant’s most up-to-date prison conviction was for widespread assault in 2018, the court docket was instructed.

Solicitor Michael Graham stated the theft was ‘opportunistic’ and never deliberate.

“He had introduced some funds with him to pay the deposit and was within the technique of finishing the finance paperwork when he was given the possibility of a take a look at run,” he stated.

“It appears temptation acquired the higher of him.

“He took an opportunity. It was a spur of the second resolution.”

Charlesworth was sentenced to a group order with an eight-week curfew for the offence.

Meaning he must keep at house between 6pm and 8am till November 18.

The defendant was additionally ordered to pay a surcharge of £95 to fund sufferer companies and prices of £85 for bringing the case to court docket.

Magistrates rejected the defendant’s provide of paying the cash at a charge of £20 a month, declaring he just lately had £200 in his ‘again pocket’ to buy the bike.

As a substitute Charlesworth was ordered to pay the cash to the court docket at a charge of £40 monthly.



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