Drunk stole phone and hat in moment of ‘idiocy’

The Oxford Times: Oxford Crown Court Oxford Crown Court

A DRUNK man stole a phone and a hat from a man in the street in a moment of “idiocy”, a judge heard.

Jack Tovey, 21, took the mobile from a man who he believed had stolen it from his friend.

Tovey, of County Road, Swindon, had drunk eight pints of beer and was in a friend’s black Lexus when the incident happened on October 4 last year.

Prosecutor John Law told Oxford Crown Court yesterday there had been some altercation between Tovey and his friends, and a group of men walking down Mill Street, Wantage.

He said: “Tovey asked them to show what was in their pockets and took a Nokia C3 phone and then a hat from the floor.’’ He took a phone from George Kildonan and a hat from David Johnstone.

He added: “When shown CCTV which partially showed the incident he said he was out of order and could offer no explanation other than he was drunk.’’ In mitigation, Graham Bennett said: “His friend thought he had lost his phone during the altercation and they returned to the house where the complainants were seen to go into.’’ He added that Tovey had written a letter of apology to the victims.

Judge Mary-Jane Mowat said: “This was an incident which was obviously born of drink and some sort of idiocy.

“You thought these men had taken the phone and were trying to get it back in completely the wrong way. You stole a man’s phone and hat."

She gave him a community order with 12 months supervision and 150 hours of unpaid work. He is also required to take part in the Thinking Skills programme and pay a £60 victim surcharge.

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6:58am Sat 29 Mar 14

Doctor69 says...

Should also ban him from oxfordshire. Dirty Swindon scum!
Should also ban him from oxfordshire. Dirty Swindon scum! Doctor69
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7:11am Sat 29 Mar 14

angelox99 says...

Doctor69 wrote:
Should also ban him from oxfordshire. Dirty Swindon scum!
Now now!!! We do not want to be 'Cityist' or 'Townist.

The lad was pi**ed up, and clearly can not handle his drink very well.

Maybe he should stick to coke and Red Bull next time..

Oh, and leave the mobiles at home, then you will not think you have lost them!'
[quote][p][bold]Doctor69[/bold] wrote: Should also ban him from oxfordshire. Dirty Swindon scum![/p][/quote]Now now!!! We do not want to be 'Cityist' or 'Townist. The lad was pi**ed up, and clearly can not handle his drink very well. Maybe he should stick to coke and Red Bull next time.. Oh, and leave the mobiles at home, then you will not think you have lost them!' angelox99
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8:58am Sat 29 Mar 14

Doctor69 says...

angelox99 wrote:
Doctor69 wrote:
Should also ban him from oxfordshire. Dirty Swindon scum!
Now now!!! We do not want to be 'Cityist' or 'Townist.

The lad was pi**ed up, and clearly can not handle his drink very well.

Maybe he should stick to coke and Red Bull next time..

Oh, and leave the mobiles at home, then you will not think you have lost them!'
All other places are fine. However Swindon folk should not be allowed over the border. Simple.
[quote][p][bold]angelox99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Doctor69[/bold] wrote: Should also ban him from oxfordshire. Dirty Swindon scum![/p][/quote]Now now!!! We do not want to be 'Cityist' or 'Townist. The lad was pi**ed up, and clearly can not handle his drink very well. Maybe he should stick to coke and Red Bull next time.. Oh, and leave the mobiles at home, then you will not think you have lost them!'[/p][/quote]All other places are fine. However Swindon folk should not be allowed over the border. Simple. Doctor69
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12:54pm Tue 1 Apr 14

TonyH says...

I have a simple suggestion for courts. Any miscreant offering alcohol as an excuse gets the sentence automatically quadrupled, and their counsel a week inside for contempt of court. Mankind has been making alcoholic drinks for several thousand years, the consequences of overdoing things are fairly well known, so it's hardly an excuse to mention what triggered the abhorrent/criminal/s
tupid incident?
I have a simple suggestion for courts. Any miscreant offering alcohol as an excuse gets the sentence automatically quadrupled, and their counsel a week inside for contempt of court. Mankind has been making alcoholic drinks for several thousand years, the consequences of overdoing things are fairly well known, so it's hardly an excuse to mention what triggered the abhorrent/criminal/s tupid incident? TonyH
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9:45am Thu 3 Apr 14

cornflake girl says...

Defence always needs a good excuse to defend pathetic immature and basically nuisance behaviour. As soon as Alcohol is mentioned they have it. "yeah lets go down the blame the booze route - totally out of charactor. Naughty alcohol" Boom......as long as the mindless thugs have an excuse eh.
Defence always needs a good excuse to defend pathetic immature and basically nuisance behaviour. As soon as Alcohol is mentioned they have it. "yeah lets go down the blame the booze route - totally out of charactor. Naughty alcohol" Boom......as long as the mindless thugs have an excuse eh. cornflake girl
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