Pair con­victed for try­ing to steal car

Halifax Courier - - The Week In Court - By Jon Cron­shaw

A reg­u­lar round-up of re­cent cases at Brad­ford Crown Court and Calderdale Mag­is­trates’ Court Two men were con­victed for 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, and James Harmer, 22, 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 he was in­spect­ing the Land Rover be­cause he was in­ter­ested in buy­ing it.

In de­fence, he said: “I know it looks dodgy, but there’s no crime in go­ing to look at a ve­hi­cle.” The pair de­nied the charge but the mag­is­trates found both men guilty.

Chair of Mag­is­trates Anthea Wood told them: “We feel that weight of the cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence is over­whelm­ing.” Asquith, of Ed­in­burgh Road, Leeds, who is serv­ing an eight-week prison sen­tence for han­dling stolen goods, was given a 16-week prison sen­tence to be served con­cur­rently with his cur­rent jail term. Harmer, who is sub­ject to an 18-month sus­pended sen­tence for pos­ses­sion of cannabis with in­tent to sup­ply, will be sen­tenced at Brad­ford Crown Court on Septem­ber 24.

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