Fuel thief’s jailed on steal­ing spree

Barvi also drove at a cop car in Dum­bar­ton

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Court re­porter

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

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