Thief must pay £1,800 for bike he sold for £20

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A thief has been ordered to pay £1,800 in compensation for a titanium-frame, 28-gear mountain bike which he stole and sold on for just £20.

Jamie Duffield, 26, of Windsor Crescent, Bridlington, challenged magistrates who made the order claiming the bike was worth £40.

He said: “You’re already taking money off me as it is. You can’t take anymore!”

East Riding magistrates heard how Duffield was also caught with two heavy duty ‘Stihl’ saws which he had taken in a burglary at F.Spink and Son builder’s premises on Fairfield Road, Bridlington.

Prosecuting, Colette Dixon said: “Police followed the defendant and saw him place the saws behind a garden wall. He told them he’d been asked to collect the saws from a property and take them to another property, however he was unable to say which property or who had asked him.”

Following that offence, on January 7, Duffield has been electronically tagged and on a curfew which prevents him leaving his home between 6pm and 8am.

Defending, Emma Appleton said Duffield had been the only person arrested for the theft of the saws, yet it was believed there were more people involved. She said: “He took part in this in order to get rid of a debt.”

Regards the mountain bike, she said Duffield believed it was within his rights to take it as payment for money he was owed by the bike’s owner,

But she added: “He accepted in interview that it was not his bike to take.”

As well as the theft and burglary, Duffield also pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of cannabis found by police at his home, and to breaching a conditional discharge.

Chairman of the bench Mr Raymond Guthrie ordered the curfew to continue for another 20 weeks, to which Duffield protested: “It’s my birthday tomorrow. It’s going to get broken!”

Mr Guthrie said: “Bearing in mind that you have not got immediate custody, it is a small price to pay.”

On top of compensation for the bike, Duffield must also pay £300 in compensation to F. Spink and Son to repair the damage sustained in the burglary.

He was handed a 16-week prison sentence suspended for one year.