Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Court: Pair convicted for the attempted car theft

Two men were convicted of attempted car theft after trying to steal a Land Rover Discovery from the forecourt of PHG Motors, Hipperholme.

Calderdale Magistrates Court heard how Nathan Asquith, 27, of Edinburgh Road, Leeds, and James Harmer, 22, of Tyersal Road, Bradford, were discovered by police at 3am on June 25 next to the vehicle at the premises on Halifax Road..

Prosecutor Jane Farrar told the court that upon inspection, police officers found that attempts had been made to force the lock, and on the ground nearby they found a screwdriver and a latex glove.

Arresting officer PC Ronan told the court: "It looked like someone had tried to barrel out the lock and there were fresh metal shavings around the lock.

"I suspected they were responsible for the attempted theft of the vehicle.”

During police interviews Asquith said that he was inspecting the Land Rover because he was interested in buying the vehicle and denied trying to break in.

During his defense, Asquith said: "I know it looks dodgy, but there there's no crime in going to look at a vehicle.”

The panel of Magistrates were unconvinced by the pair’s defense and found both men guilty..

Chair of Magistrates Anthea Wood told the pair: "We feel that weight of the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming.”

Asquith, who is currently serving an eight-week prison sentence for handling stolen goods was handed a 16-week prison sentence to be served concurrently with his current jail term.

Harmer, who is currently subject to an 18-month suspended sentence for possession of cannabis with the intent to supply, will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on September 24.

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