Thief who swiped £30k of Kew primary school laptops spared prison

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Sentence: Arthur was handed an 18 month burglary community order Sentence: Arthur was handed an 18 month burglary community order

A man who stole £30,000 worth of laptops from a Kew primary school avoided jail last month.

Derrick Arthur, 38, from Morden, was handed an 18 month burglary community order at Kingston Crown Court on June 26.

He was also committed to mental health treatment for 12 months and was given a supervision requirement, also for 12 months.

Arthur admitted swiping 25 laptops from Kew Riverside Primary School during the Christmas holidays, committing the burglary on January 3.

He had previously pleaded guilty to the charge of May 19, also at Kingston Crown Court.

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4:39pm Wed 9 Jul 14

denisbrowne says...

Lucky guy, no jail, good lawyer I guess - "mental problems" don't seem to have stopped him carrying out prolonged series of crimes. Did anyone ask him about the thefts of a load of laptops from Richmond College late last year?
Lucky guy, no jail, good lawyer I guess - "mental problems" don't seem to have stopped him carrying out prolonged series of crimes. Did anyone ask him about the thefts of a load of laptops from Richmond College late last year? denisbrowne
  • Score: 5

1:02pm Thu 10 Jul 14

kingstonpaul says...

What limp-wristed justice. It feels as if social services and the legal fraternity have bent over backwards to ensure a lenient outcome for the perpetrator; while we're left to speculate how devastating such a loss was to the school.
What limp-wristed justice. It feels as if social services and the legal fraternity have bent over backwards to ensure a lenient outcome for the perpetrator; while we're left to speculate how devastating such a loss was to the school. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 3
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