Man surprised his own lawyer with guilty plea

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A Bridlington man in prison for burglary fooled his own lawyer by pleading guilty to a crime he swore blind he did not commit.

David Lofty, 21, surprised his defence barrister in court by pleading guilty to the burglary of a house in Keeton Way, Bridlington.

He appeared via video link from prison at Hull Crown Court on Wednesday 15 April 2015.

Defence barrister Paul Norton told the court: “That has taken me by surprise. I was anticipating a not guilty plea.

“I have just spoken to him and prepared a defence statement.”

Judge John Dowse asked Lofty if he had really meant to say guilty.

Lofty said: “I just want to get it over and done with.”

Lofty of Princess Street, Bridlington, admitted stealing a computer tablet and purse from the house on Keeton Way in a burglary on September 16 2014.

Judge Dowse remanded Lofty in custody until May 6 for a pre-sentence report.