Father blamed handbags theft on toddler daughter

A FATHER of four, who blamed the theft of expensive designer handbags on his two-year-old daughter, has avoided prison.

Window cleaner Spencer Russell stole £10,000 worth of clothes, shoes, and accessories, from a home his wife was paid to look after while the owner was away.

Russell, of Melbourne Close, Banbury, stole from the house in Souldern, near Bicester, between July and November last year. And the 47-year-old put stolen items up for sale on Internet auction site ebay, Oxford Crown Court heard last week.

But when homeowner Barbara Camm spotted items missing he said his daughter had taken them to play dressing-up.

And when he returned some handbags, he planted dummies and sweet wrappers in them.

He later admitted the crimes and on Friday was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for a year.

Recorder Julian Knowles said he had spared Russell an immediate jail term because he was in now work and had a family to look after.

But sentencing him, he said: “You rooted through Mrs Camm’s property on a regular basis, sorting out what tasty morsels you wanted to sell for yourself.

“Rather pathetic excuses were given that perhaps your two-year-old daughter had put them in your car.”

He added: “This was a nasty, underhand, unpleasant crime.”

Russell was also told to do 200 hours of unpaid community work and to pay his victim £500 compensation.

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9:49am Mon 5 Nov 12

snert says...

Wow, now that is low. What a role model he makes for his 4 children. I bet he makes his own mother proud.
Wow, now that is low. What a role model he makes for his 4 children. I bet he makes his own mother proud. snert
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1:02pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Trekkieman says...

Mmmm sounds like a real nice person eh,bet his mum don't leave her handbag lying around,lets hope somebody does the same to him but then again he probably not got much as that's why he nicked stuff in first place. Wonder if his kids think he's a role model,makes you wonder doesn't it,just a lowlife in my opinion!.
Mmmm sounds like a real nice person eh,bet his mum don't leave her handbag lying around,lets hope somebody does the same to him but then again he probably not got much as that's why he nicked stuff in first place. Wonder if his kids think he's a role model,makes you wonder doesn't it,just a lowlife in my opinion!. Trekkieman
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8:10pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Posh Nosh says...

If anyone knows the family please print this article of and hand it to the daughter in question when she's old enough, so she can understand what a low life scum her father has been all his pathetic existence!
If anyone knows the family please print this article of and hand it to the daughter in question when she's old enough, so she can understand what a low life scum her father has been all his pathetic existence! Posh Nosh
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