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Lead thieves must wait to be sentenced
4:02pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
TWO thieves who stole lead flashing worth more than £2,000 will have to wait to learn their fate after a pre-sentence report on one of them was delayed.
Jimmy Nicholson and Michael Milburn, of Darlington, appeared before magistrates in the town on Thursday (September 12).
They had earlier admitted stealing lead flashing worth £2,278.94 from a row of terraced houses in Bishop Auckland.
Magistrates in Darlington heard probation officers had completed a pre-sentence report in respect of 22-year-old Nicholson.
A Probation Service official told magistrates that when she had contacted Milburn’s given address, of Close Street, in Darlington, she was told he did not live there.
Milburn confirmed to the court that that was his mother’s address and he was currently staying there.
The thefts took place in Bishop Auckland on June 12, while the pair were working for Nicholson’s father’s company.
Both have since been sacked by the company, which had no knowledge of or connection to the thefts.
Magistrates decided to delay sentencing on both men to allow further time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared in respect of Milburn.
Sentencing was adjourned until Thursday, October 3.
Nicholson, of Claremont Road, Darlington, was released on unconditional bail.
Milburn, 30, was bailed on the condition that he attends his appointment with the Probation Service later this month.
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