‘Pathetic’ thief stole schoolboy’s bike

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A PROLIFIC thief who stole a schoolboy’s bike got a rough ride from a court judge – who branded him “pathetic”.

Colin Dunn rode away on the BMX bike after the youngster, who was 13 at the time, felt intimidated into letting him use it.

But Dunn was recognised by one of the victim’s friends, and police were soon able to track him down and recover the £200 bicycle.

Dunn, who was slapped with a six-month jail sentence for a spate of shop raids last July, admitted theft when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The 19-year-old, of Westmoreland Road, South Shields, was given a 12-month community order with supervision, and must carry out 140-hours of unpaid work.

Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said: “The injured party is a schoolboy. He was 13 at the time of the incident. At about 7.15pm on November 11, he was at the skate-park at the sea front, in South Shields, with some friends.

“There was also a group of males there, including the defendant.

“Dunn asked if he could have a go on the bike. The boy refused but Dunn said he would have to take the bike if he didn’t let him use it.

“Dunn grabbed the handle bars and because he was bigger and older, the boy felt intimidated, and reluctantly let him a go. Dunn then rode off.

“The boy’s friend identified him as Colin Dunn. Police were called, and Dunn was later stopped on Boldon Lane and arrested.

“Police found out where the bike was, and it was recovered.”

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He has pleaded guilty straight away.

“Thankfully the bike was recovered. His behaviour was extremely unpleasant and humiliating.”

District Judge Helen Cousins told Dunn: “In recent times you have been in prison. But you have shown you can stay out of trouble.

“Now you need to prove that. Do you know what a bully is? He is a boy on a bike in a skate-park. He doesn’t need you to come in and take his property.

“It’s pathetic if you need to pick on a child. I don’t want to see you here again.”

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