Welwyn Garden City laptop thief earns chance to stay out of jail
PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 March 2014
A burglar who stole a computer from the QE2 Hospital in Welwyn Garden City has been given a chance to stay out of prison by coming off drugs.
Dean Harper, 40, who has pleaded guilty to stealing a laptop from the doctors’ mess at the hospital on January 19, a burglary and an attempted burglary, appeared at St Albans Crown Court on Monday.
Judge Andrew Bright QC adjourned sentencing until April 14, to give Harper a chance to prove he can comply with a probation programme known as Choices and Consequences.
Harper must take two drug tests a week and comply with a work and training programme.
Judge Bright told him: “You need to stay out of trouble, and prove your commitment to the programme.”
Harper was given a night time curfew, which will be monitored by an electronic tag.
He had admitted stealing £30 from a home in St Peter’s Close, Hatfield on September 10, 2009, and trying to steal from the Homestead Court Hotel in Welwyn Garden City on August 30, 2009.