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A man who stole cash from his father also admitted to the theft of a woman's handbag, both in Spalding


By Spalding Court Reporter


A man who stole a handbag from a woman in Spalding has been told that his actions could have resulted in jail.

Daniel Markham-Bright (28), who has a correspondence address in Holbeach St Marks, admitted to two charges of theft at Boston Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Markham-Bright was told by District Judge Peter Veits that if there had been "any suggestion" of him having pushed the woman who owned the handbag over, a prison sentence would have been imposed.

Boston Magistrates Court news. (17656888)
Boston Magistrates Court news. (17656888)

Shelley Wilson, prosecuting, told the judge that the first incident, on Thursday, August 22, unfolded when Markham-Bright went to his father's home in Spalding and asked for money so he could attend a job interview in Peterborough.

Ms Wilson said: "When his father refused, Markham-Bright said: 'I'll rob you then' before he took £20 from his wallet and left the house."

Judge Veits then heard details about the second incident which took place on Sunday, August 25, when Markham-Bright was seen on CCTV to go across to a woman who had fallen onto a pavement after drinking and steal her handbag from off her shoulder.

Boston Magistrates Court.
Boston Magistrates Court.

However, Markham-Bright was stopped by members of the public and the police were called.

Ms Wilson confirmed that Markham-Bright subsequently admitted to the offences when he was arrested by police.

Philippa Chatterton, mitigating, said Markham-Bright had lived a "nomadic lifestyle" by sofa surfing and was addicted to drugs for many years.

The judge was also told by Ms Chatterton that at the time of his offences, Markham-Bright had no accommodation after a relationship had ended.

The latest case from Boston Magistrates Court.
The latest case from Boston Magistrates Court.

"The defendant was high on drugs on both occasions when the offences occurred," Miss Chatterton said.

After Judge Veits learned that Markham-Bright was on a community order, he issued a new one covering all the offences, with one of the requirements being 20 days of rehabilitation.

Markham-Bright was also ordered to pay his father £20 in compensation, along with costs and charges totalling £175.

Court news.
Court news.

Sentencing Markham-Bright, Judge Veits told him: "If there had been any suggestion that you had pushed this lady over, you would be going to prison now."



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