Doncaster labourer stole gold rings from customer

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A labourer who stole jewellery from the home he was working at to buy drugs has been handed a restorative justice sentence.

Ian David Smith, 37, admitted the theft of six gold rings and a chain and pendant worth £1,680 at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court. He later sold them for just £150.

Joanne Lewis-Crooks, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was working for (another) builder. The complainant had left a key with the builder so they could use the toilet.”

The workmen had to go through the woman’s bedroom to use the toilet and Smith spotted her jewellery box as he walked through.

Anna Eddison, defending, said: “It was a spur of the moment decision. He is extremely remorseful and has done everything he can since to put matters right.”

Smith, of Churchill Avenue, Cusworth, was sentenced to a 12-month community order with restorative justice requirement, 120 hours of unpaid work, a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.