Stolen laptop leads to suspended sentence

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A Buxton man found with a stolen laptop has been given a suspended prison sentence.

A property at Pavilion Mansions, Hartington Road, was burgled overnight on September 14/15, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard. A laptop and wallet were taken in the break-in, prosecutor John Cooper said.

Forensics found at the scene matched a gentleman who was staying in Buxton with Mark Spencer and when officers attended Spencer’s address on Eagle Parade, Spencer handed them a carrier bag containing a laptop.

In interview, he told officers his friend, who he refused to name, had brought the laptop into his property but he wasn’t sure where it came from. He said his friend had been unable to gain access to the laptop because it was password protected, so he had tried as well but was also unsuccessful.

Mr Cooper added: “The Crown says that receiving or otherwise handling stolen goods is a serious matter. Thieves and burglars depend on people to dispose of their ill-gotten gains.”

The 46-year-old admitted receiving stolen goods.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “He entered his guilty plea on the basis that he didn’t make sufficient enquiries in relation to where the laptop had come from.

“What he doesn’t accept is that he deliberately received stolen goods.”

She added that Spencer had had a long-standing drugs problem but had taken steps to address it.

Spencer was given 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months. He must carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work and pay an £80 surcharge.