Son stole coal to buy phone credit

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A MAN who stole coal worth £100 from his mum has been spared jail.

Mark Cutler, 21, of Frampton Terrace, Gainsborough, took the coal from his mother’s shed in Carlton on 27th November last year.

Kate Beardmore, prosecuting, said he took the coal while his mother was away, to sell and buy phone credit.

Defending, Ian Pridham said: “He realises he’s let his mother down. He accepts it is a mean offence, he did it because he was short of money.”

District Judge Diane Baker said: “You deserve full credit for entering a guilty plea. It helps me draw back from a custodial sentence.”

Cutler got a 12 month community order, a two month curfew from 7pm to 6am and charged him £150 fines and costs.