Man spared jail for spontaneous phones theft

A THIEF who stole three mobile phones in a burglary where the home owner was also attacked has avoided being sent to jail.

Recorder Craig Osborne heard how unemployed electrician Terence Tobin, aged 24, had gone with his brother Billy Tobin to a house in Wilmot Street, Halliwell, on June 8 last year.

Bolton Crown Court was told Billy Tobin wanted to confront David Lyons, whom he accused of interfering in his relationship with his girlfriend. Roger Brown, prosecuting, said the brothers kicked open the door to the house and Mr Lyons was punched and kicked.

During the incident, Terence Tobin went into the kitchen and saw three mobile phones belonging to Mr Lyons and two other women, together worth £260, which he stole. Tobin, aged 24, of Empire Road, Bolton, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to burglary.

Paul Lawton, defending, said Tobin only gone to the house to support his brother.

“There was never a plan to commit a dwelling house burglary. He acted spontaneously to take the three mobile telephones,” he said.

Tobin was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years, and was ordered to undertake 100 hours unpaid work with nine months supervision. He was also ordered to pay £260 compensation and £250 prosecution costs.

In an earlier hearing Billy Tobin was given a four-month suspended prison sentence for assault.

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2:08pm Mon 21 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Here we go again,what do you have to do to get a jail sentence in Bolton?We see it every day suspended sentence, community work and fines.The kind of people who commit crimes have no money so they're not going to pay the fines.Perhaps the government should close all the jails,save billions and let all these idiots run riot,which is what is happening any way.
Here we go again,what do you have to do to get a jail sentence in Bolton?We see it every day suspended sentence, community work and fines.The kind of people who commit crimes have no money so they're not going to pay the fines.Perhaps the government should close all the jails,save billions and let all these idiots run riot,which is what is happening any way. boltonnut

3:46pm Mon 21 Jan 13

BoltonLancs says...

Totally agree boltonnut...I'm seriously thinking of quitting my 50 hours a week job and turning to crime. I'll probably pull in the same kinda money (tax free) working a fraction of the hours.
I mean there's NOTHING STOPPING ME until more prisons and correction centres are built to house criminals for longer and in harsher conditions.
In the US, these 2 idiots would have got 5 years minimum in a cell measuring 7' x 4' and only books to occupy them and 1 hour exercise.
Get out of the EU so we can use the extortionate cost of membership on making our own rules. No human rights to convicted criminals I say...!
Totally agree boltonnut...I'm seriously thinking of quitting my 50 hours a week job and turning to crime. I'll probably pull in the same kinda money (tax free) working a fraction of the hours. I mean there's NOTHING STOPPING ME until more prisons and correction centres are built to house criminals for longer and in harsher conditions. In the US, these 2 idiots would have got 5 years minimum in a cell measuring 7' x 4' and only books to occupy them and 1 hour exercise. Get out of the EU so we can use the extortionate cost of membership on making our own rules. No human rights to convicted criminals I say...! BoltonLancs

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