Caerphilly garden thief handed £75 fine while Pontllanfraith man given £100 fine for dropping cigarette
A thief who stole garden equipment from Caerphilly homes has been fined £75 by magistrates, while another man was fined £100 for dropping a cigarette.
Darryll Pursey, 44, of Half Acre Court, Pontypandy, Caerphilly, appeared at Caerphilly Magistrates’ Court on Monday September 3 and admitted five charges of theft. Nine other offences were also taken into consideration.
The court was told that between August 6 and August 16, Pursey had stolen a variety of objects from people’s gardens including fibre optic lights, garden furniture, wooden fence panels and a plastic stone-effect Buddha.
Pursey was fined £75, ordered to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.
The £175 total Pursey has to pay is in stark contrast to the £215 a Pontllanfraith man was recently ordered to pay for dropping a cigarette butt.
Ian Rogers, of Clos y Goran, Pontllanfraith, was issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75 by the council after he threw the cigarette butt from the driver’s window of his vehicle.
After failing to pay the fixed penalty notice, the case was taken to court by the council.
On August 20, Abergavenny Magistrates’ Court handed him a fine of £100, and he was also ordered to pay £100 in prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge. The case was proved in Rogers’ absence.
Asked if Gwent Police was disappointed with the sentence given to the garden thief, a spokeswoman for the force said: “Our job as a police force is to investigate every incident that is reported to us, identify offenders and put them before the courts.
“We don’t have a say on what sentence or fine is given. A lot of factors are considered by the courts before handing out any punishment, and we have to accept their decision.”Follow @CaerphillyObsvr