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Teenager stole coin jar while drunk
A TEENAGER stole a jar of coins from a friend while drunk at a house party, a court has heard.
Llewis Anthony Hammond, 19, was arrested and charged with theft after his mother walked into the police station with the jar of coins days after the party on September 13.
Appearing at Darlington Magistrates’ Court Hammond, now living in Bradford, was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work, after magistrates ruled he had breached the trust of his victim who had invited him into his home.
Jon Garside, prosecuting, said the victim noticed that the jar of coins, of value unknown, was missing from his home a few days after Hammond had visited and reported it missing.
The jar was returned when Hammond told his mother what he had done and asked her to “get rid of it” – she took it straight to Darlington Police Station.
When it was returned the jar was found to be missing five £2 coins.
Graham Hunsley, mitigating, said Hammond had no memory of taking the jar and ‘panicked’ when he sobered up the next day.
He said: “He accepts that really he did not feel he could go round and face up to what he had done. He feels most ashamed.”
Mr Hunsley said Hammond was now living with his older brother in Bradford and hoping to start a college course.
Magistrates ordered Hammond to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and to pay £10 compensation and £60 victim surcharge.