Jail for man who was caught with mountain bike stolen in burglary

Drink-driver with no licence banned for 20 months

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A MAN charged with handling stolen goods told police: ‘I’m happy with that.’

Matthew Hall was caught trying to pawn a mountain bike, rucksack and Dell laptop taken in a burglary.

When police arrested the 28-year-old he said he told officers he was ‘happy with that’, Portsmouth Crown Court heard.

The court heard the items were taken by another man, who has admitted the burglary. The victim of the burglary has been left feeling anxious.

Hall, of Francis Avenue, Southsea, received the items from the other man who been given Hall’s £400 chainsaw.

Hall had been chasing him for the item or payment of the value, the court heard.

In a prepared statement read to police in his interview, Hall, who was caught in Cash Converters, said he was a ‘bit angry’ with the second man.

When arrested he denied knowing the items were stolen but later pleaded guilty at magistrates’ court.

Sentencing yesterday, judge Claudia Ackner jailed him for 12 months.

Hall pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods.

The court heard he has 57 convictions for 170 offences.

The items have all been returned to the owner.

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