Guilty plea over stolen phone

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A mother of three ended up in court after failing to return a stolen phone quickly enough.

Claire Stocks, 33, of Thompson Street, Wesham, pleaded guilty to receiving a stolen mobile phone, sim card and memory card.

She was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 compensation with £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said a man lost his phone on February 1 while out in Poulton. Later that day the owner accessed a tracker function which showed a picture of a man who had used the phone.

The picture was published in the media and the man came forward.

He said he had been handed the phone by another man. That man had asked Stocks to try and return the phone to its rightful owner.

The phone was eventually mailed to the police with no note and without the sim card or memory card.

The prosecutor added that sentimental pictures on the phone had been wiped out.

Jessica Partington, defending, said Stocks had tried to use the phone to find out who the owner was and later discovered its sim card had been wiped.

Stocks was a busy mother who worked part-time in a bar and it was 12 days before she sent the phone to the police. She accepted she could have returned the phone a lot sooner.