Thief jailed after stealing laptop from primary school

Connor Buttress appeared at Hatfield Magistrates' Court.

Francis Keeley pled guilty at Hatfield Magistrates' Court on Monday. - Credit: Archant

A thief from Hatfield has been jailed after swiping a laptop from a primary school in the town. 

Francis Keeley, of Goldsmith Way, pleaded guilty to stealing the laptop from Oak View Primary & Nursery School, having trespassed at the site in Woods Avenue on May 11. 

Appearing at Hatfield Magistrates' Court on Monday,  the 47-year-old was handed an 18-week prison sentence by district judge Margaret Dodd, who cited Keeley's previous convictions as a reason for the custodial sentence.

Keeley must pay £397.42 compensation to the school for the stolen laptop. He must also pay a surcharge of £128 and £85 in court costs to the Crown Prosecution Service - the total of £610.42 must be paid by August 17, 2021. 

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