Bobby Heath will be sentenced next week
Bobby Heath, 26, was caught on CCTV taking the Samsung Galaxy last May. A criminal stole a mobile phone from his own barrister who was defending him on drug and driving offences.
The repeat offender was due to appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with the theft of a smartphone last year.
But, Heath, who is serving time for an unrelated matter, refused to leave prison and was tried and found guilty in his absence. He will be sentenced later this month.
The court heard that Heath, of Strood, Kent, had appeared at Bexley Magistrates’ Court on May 1 2015 for drugs and driving offences, for which he was fined.
But after a meeting between Heath and his defence barrister, Charlotte Johnson, she realised that her Samsung Galaxy mobile phone was missing and reported it to police.
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Pc David Paine was at the court, having been involved with Heath’s drug and driving case, and reviewed CCTV footage . He saw the phone had been taken by Heath – who had already left the building.
Inquiries to locate Heath eventually traced him to an address in Rochester, Kent, a few days later and he was arrested by PC Paine, and subsequently charged with theft.
Pc Paine said after the latest hearing: “I’m pleased with the conviction. Heath is a repeat offender.
“This crime shows he doesn’t care who he targets or what misery he causes.
“I hope this case reassures the public we take this type of offence seriously, incidents will be fully investigated, we will pursue offenders, and we will prosecute them wherever possible.”
Heath will be sentenced on Tuesday, June 21.