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What's wrong with this picture: Thief stole laptop after apologising to victim

Apr 11, 2012

from the article in The Telepgraph:

Editor's Note: Alright, boys and girls. What mistakes were made in this case?

A thief forced to apologise to his victim for stealing his laptop under a restorative justice programme stole the man's replacement computer during the visit.

Months earlier Ivan Barker, 21, had stolen a laptop and cigarettes from wheelchair-bound Jean Jacque Mathely.

So when he called round to say “sorry” his victim was naturally guarded, but let him in after he said police suggested he should face up to his offending.

But once inside, rather than apologise to the man he had wronged, he made off with Mr Mathley’s new laptop.

Now Barker, who sold the stolen goods to pay for booze, has finally been jailed for 16 weeks after pleading guilty to theft.

....When he was arrested, Barker told police he had genuinely gone to the house to apologise, but while he was there "started stressing" and needed a drink.

He said he took the computer and sold it for £30. Barker pleaded guilty to theft.

Gary Corbett, mitigating, said: "The defendant had been drinking to excess and taking cocaine before he went to the address.

"This was an opportunistic offence, he didn't go there with the intention to steal these items."

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