Pair appear in court over tools thefts in village

PUBLISHED: 10:45 09 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:48 09 May 2013

Sean Rickman leaves St Albans Magistrates Court on April 30

Sean Rickman leaves St Albans Magistrates Court on April 30

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TWO men accused of a stealing spree in Cuffley have appeared in court.

It was alleged that between February 9 and 10, this year, Essex men Sean Rickman and Richard Kensit went to Cuffley together in electrician Kensit’s Renault van, which was said to have been emblazoned with a distinctive logo, which read: “Bright Sparks”.

While there they were said to have stolen tools, including an expensive Makita drill and charger, clothing, cash and a bank card from three victims.

One victim was named as Harrison Cole, and two others were as a Mr Beesley and Mr Ferrucci, all three live in the village.

The prosecution case is that the pair headed to Cuffley in the early hours of February 10 and from Mr Cole took tools and clothes worth £1,960.

From Mr Beesley they were alleged to have taken £750 of tools and to have stolen £50 in cash from Mr Ferrucci’s car, which was parked on his driveway, in Sutherland Way.

The court heard how a suspicious resident dialled 999 after spotting Kensit’s van in the area.

Police attended and sniffer dogs were used to track down the van, which was laden with stolen goods, to Lambs Close.

Officers later seized 71 suspected counterfeit DVDs at Kensit’s home.

Kensit, 34, of Ramsgill Drive, Ilford, Essex, pleaded not guilty to three counts of theft from motor vehicles and elected for a Crown Court trial.

He claimed he was in the area to pick Rickman up after he had visited a woman, and he must have loaded the stolen items into his van, while he left to go to the toilet.

His case was adjourned until June 28.

Jobless recovering heroin and crack cocaine user Rickman, 45, of Woodward Road, Dagenham, Essex, admitted the offences.

In mitigation Peter Moore, for Rickman, said his client hadn’t had a job since 1994 and had suffered bouts of depression.

Mr Moore urged the court to do “something constructive”, in making sure his client got treatment rather than punishment.

“Drugs will eventually kill him if he doesn’t get off them,” he added.

Rickman’s case was adjourned for “full pre-sentence reports” until May 30.

Both were released on bail and were forbidden from entering Hertfordshire unless it is for a court appearance, or to see police or solicitors.


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