Man recalled to prison for breach of release terms

BACK IN CUSTODY ... Daniel Flood.
BACK IN CUSTODY ... Daniel Flood.

A MAN accused of being equipped for a burglary after a police officer found a torch, gloves and screwdriver in his possession, has been recalled to prison for the second time in as many months.

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard that Daniel Flood is to be returned to custody for breaching the terms of his licence, after he was charged with going equipped for burglary.

The 34-year-old denied the offence, which is alleged to have taken place in Northcote Street, South Shields, on Friday, when he appeared before magistrates on Monday.

Flood, who had been released on licence from prison after serving a term for a separate offence, appeared from behind the glass dock after being kept in custody over the weekend.

He admitted a second charge of motor vehicle interference dating back to May 3 when at the court.

Flood admitted trying the door handle of a Volkswagen Polo car parked in Birchington Avenue, South Shields.

Christopher Brown, defending, said the offence was spotted on CCTV by a police officer some days later.

Mr Brown said: “He was walking along a road and tried the door handle of a Volkswagen Polo car and then walks on.

“That is observed by a police officer some days later on CCTV.

“There is no damage and nothing is taken.”

“He is arrested on May 8 and as a result is recalled to prison for 28 days.

“Police then decided to charge him with the offence.”

He was recalled to prison for 28 days on the terms of his licence once charged with that offence, before admitting the charge at court.

District Judge Helen Cousins fined him £73 for motor vehicle interference.

Judge Cousins deemed a £20 victim surcharge had been paid by Flood due to the time he had spent in custody since Friday.

He was remanded in custody by her until his trial on the going equipped charge on August 1.

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