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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Theft of £4 cost window cleaner his job and home

A WINDOW cleaner has lost his job and his home after stealing £4 from a customer after a night out.

The theft will now cost Wayne William Jefferson an additional £149 in court costs and compensation, plus 100 hours in unpaid work.

The 21-year-old, of Vulcan Road, Barrow, appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to stealing cash from Maureen Burke on December 14.

Mr Andrew Dodd, prosecuting, told the court Jefferson turned up at Mrs Burke’s home at around 8.45pm, asking if she could phone a taxi for him.

The court heard Jefferson was invited in to wait, and Mrs Burke left him alone in the kitchen for a few minutes.

When she went back in, her handbag, which was on the kitchen bench, was open and her coin purse was missing.

Mr Dodd said: “When she went outside to challenge him, by that time, the coin purse had been discarded. She actually stepped on it.”

The prosecutor then explained Mrs Burke’s home is covered by CCTV, which showed Jefferson throwing the purse away.

Mr Mike Graham, defending, said Jefferson had been on a work’s night out and had drunk “to excess”.

He said: “He had arranged, with his work colleagues, a taxi home.

“He hasn’t a clue how or why, but he ends up on Laburnum Crescent, by the Tally Ho. He vaguely recognises one of the houses so he goes in.

“He has no significant recollection of the particular event, but he totally accepts that must have happened.

“He has a vague recollection of being on a pathway emptying his pockets. He’s profusely apologetic about this situation.”

Mr Graham added: “As a direct result of this, he’s lost his employment, he’s lost his relationship, he’s lost his accommodation, so the ramifications have been significant for him.”

Sentencing Jefferson to his 12-month community order, presiding magistrate, Mr Steve Sim, said: “You went out of your way to see Mrs Burke and she let you in. This is a breach of her trust.”

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