Comic Relief box thief jailed after admitting further thefts

PUBLISHED: 06:00 06 August 2013

Dean Harper leaves court

Dean Harper leaves court

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A SERIAL thief who was spared prison after stealing a Comic Relief charity box and cash and a laptop from a hospital chaplaincy, has been jailed.

Dean Harper, 39, of Moatwood Green, Welwyn Garden City, was sent to prison on July 19 after breaking the terms of his previous suspended sentence.

Harper’s latest theft involved him stealing a woman’s Kipling handbag and paper from Oaklands College Campus, in WGC, after trespassing on the site.

He pleaded guilty to theft.

Magistrates in Hatfield said they had no option but to jail Harper for just under a year.

The theft was deemed “so serious because [of his] appalling record for similar offences”, and no other sentence was “appropriate”.

He was jailed for a total of 50 weeks.

Harper was previously handed a suspended sentence suspended after he pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary, one attempted burglary, and one count each of shoplifting, theft from a car and criminal damage on July 4.

He was warned in that hearing if he broke the law again there would be no doubt prison would be where he “would be going”.

After he was spared Harper said: “This is my last chance.

“Thank you.”

But it took just seven days for the drug addict to reoffend.

Between February and June of this year, his offences included stealing from a chaplain’s office at the QE2 Hospital, a charity box from Campus West and a BlackBerry phone from Sainsbury’s, all in Welwyn Garden City.


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