Fuel thief’s jailed on stealing spree
Barvi also drove at a cop car in Dumbarton
A serial fuel thief has been locked up after filling up without paying in towns across the west of Scotland — including the Vale and Dumbarton.
Mohamed Barvi also drove at a police car on Havoc Road in Dumbarton — forcing an officer to swerve out of his way.
The 28-year-old was in the dock last week where he was imprisoned for 20 months after racking up 21 charges of thefts, behaving in an threatening and abusive manner, and bail breaches.
The court heard that sentence was previously deferred for a psychiatric report to assess whether Barvi had any mental health difficulties.
But his lawyer said Barvi was not mentally ill and said his behaviour meant not much could be said to mitigate his actions.
Mohamad Barvi took fuel without paying from the garage of John H Glen and Sons in Alexandria’s Main Street on May 28.
He did the same at Morrisons in Dumbarton on June 29, BP Milton Service Station in Dumbarton on July 5 and at the BP Garage on Main Street in Jamestown on August 2.
He admitted racking up a total of 16 charges stealing fuel from filling stations in towns across the west of Scotland from Larkhall to Cambuslang and Kilmarnock.
Explaining the incident where Barvi drove at a police car, Scott Simpson, fiscal depute, said: “Police officers were in a marked police vehicle. They observed the accused and they wanted to have a word with him so the police turned their vehicle around and activated the blue lights.
“The accused in response turned his vehcile directly towards the marked police vehicle.
“As a result of that, the police took evasive action and that was successful.”
Barvi, formerly of Maclean Street in Glasgow, admitted driving without due care and attention by driving in the path of a marked police car on August 18.
He also admitted a vile charge of being threatening and abusive to his mum in Bearsden on April 24, telling her ‘You better give me that 10 grand. You better f ****** give it me’, and telling police ‘My mum is wicked and I hope she dies of f****** cancer’.
A further charge he pled guilty to was being abusive to staff at the Qeen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow,
His lawyer said: “He undoubtedly had a difficult childhood with his back problems from birth and significant family difficulties which caused them to flee their homeland. My understanding is that his back problems leave him in constant pain. He has found it difficult to work and he found himself relying on pain killers and cannabis.
“His habit of taking cannabis left him short of money and that led to theft and difficulties with his family. He knows he has brought this whole situation on himself.”
Sentencing him, Sheriff Simon Pender said: “While I have sympathy for you and your family for the circumstances in which you had to leave Iran, that was a number of years ago and does not do anything to mitigate the horrendous catalogue of offending set against a bad record of offending.”
Barvi was sentenced to a total of 20 months in jail.
Back problems from birth leave him (accused) in constant pain