£1,100 bill for NOT repairing car

A TYRE fitter took almost £800 off a friend to repair his vehicle - but didn’t do so and used the cash to pay household bills.

Aron Pate (28), pleaded guilty to theft of £793 from Ian Crane, at Battlefields Lane South, Holbeach, on dates between June 1 and November 1 last year.

He took a further £55 for a car service kit – which he bought and had in his possession when arrested by police – and Mr Crane had to spend a further £170 to get the car released from a Boston car company, where Pate had sent it for repairs to bodywork.

Pate, who has moved to Orford Road, Swaffham, pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The court heard Pate, who trained as a commercial tyre fitter, was unsuitable for community work because he sustained a severe back injury when a lorry wheel fell on him.

Magistrates instead imposed a two month curfew, ordering Pate to be electronically tagged and stay at home between 8pm and 7am for two months.

He must pay compensation totalling £1,018 to Mr Crane and £85 towards prosecution costs.

Pate further admitted failing to answer bail but received no separate penalty.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said: “He explained in the police interview that he had used Mr Crane’s money to pay off his household expenses.”

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said Pate admitted his financial position got so bad he used someone else’s money.

Mr Alexander said: “This started as a quite legitimate and quite honest enterprise – it turns dishonest when Mr Pate uses that money to pay his household bills.

“He can only apologise. It was a friend of a friend, not something he ever planned.”