Cable thief gets jail term

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

A north-east man who stole £15,000 worth of cable from busi­nesses around Aberdeen in a des­per­ate at­tempt to pay off his debts has been jailed.

David Calder ap­peared in Aberdeen Sher­iff Court to face charges of theft from three busi­nesses.

The 50-year-old, of the city’s Ruthrieston Cir­cle, ad­mit­ted the charges.

He tar­geted Draka UK and Rowan Drilling on Peter seat Drive and Windgate on Al­tens In­dus­trial Es­tate be­tween De­cem­ber last year and Thurs­day last week.

The court heard he had been des­per­ate to pay off other debts so had taken to steal­ing wires and sell­ing them on.

Rep­re­sent­ing Calder, de­fence agent Shane Camp­bell said: “My client is em­ployed as a

“Given the straight­for­ward na­ture of it, he suc­cumbed”

fish­ing su­per­vi­sor in Peter­head. He be­came in­volved in this con­duct as a re­sult of ris­ing amounts of debt.

“He felt he had no other way. He was able to sell the ca­bles lo­cally and, given the straight­for­ward na­ture of it, he suc­cumbed to temp­ta­tion again.”

De­pute fis­cal So­phie Hanlon said: “The to­tal value of the amount stolen was £15,000.”

Sher­iff Mal­colm Gar­den said there was “no al­ter­na­tive” to a cus­to­dial sen­tence and jailed him for nine months.

He said: “Th­ese crimes were not ones of op­por­tunism, they were de­lib­er­ate and per­sis­tent. The fact this was done as an at­tempt to pay off pre­vi­ous debts can­not be ac­cepted as an ex­cuse.

“There is no al­ter­na­tive to a cus­to­dial sen­tence.”

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