Man handed curfew for pawning borrowed iPad

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A man who pawned a borrowed iPad has been handed a 10-week curfew for theft.

By pawning the loaned device, Daniel Ashworth, who was nearing the end of a suspended sentence, committed a theft.

Ashworth, 23, of Cartmell Road, Blackpool, was placed on a 10-week long curfew by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

He had been committed by magistrates to the higher court for sentencing, having admitted a theft charge. The offence put him in breach of a suspended sentence that had been made in October 2011 for burglary.

Joe Allman, prosecuting, said the man who owned the iPad had handed it to his daughter last October, for his grandchildren to use.

When he asked for it back, it emerged she had lent it to to her partner, Ashworth.

The defendant, in turn, had pawned it at Cash Converters in Blackpool. He was paid £100 for it. The owner ended up £624 out of pocket because he had continued to pay for the iPad on a contract.

Waheed Omran-Baber, defending, said his client was presently on benefits. He had suffered a broken hand, but it was apparently not set correctly. It therefore would need to be rebroken and set again in the near future.

The 10-week curfew will run from 6pm to 6am each night. For the breach of the suspended sentence order, Ashworth was fined a nominal £1. He also has to pay a £60 victims’ surcharge.