A MAN who stole equipment from the Ministry of Defence has narrowly escaped an immediate prison sentence.
Daniel Tolhurst, of Normandy Road in Portsmouth, admitted stealing a Merkle welding unit from the MoD police and fuel Jerry can worth £3,016.20 at some point between June 1, 2009 and May 1, 2012.
The 31-year-old also admitted committing fraud by claiming to be the lawful owner of the welding unit when selling it on for £2,000 between May 1, 2012 and June 22, 2012.
The bench at Portsmouth Magistrates Court decided that the offences, including theft from an employer and selling it for profit, were so serious they had no choice but to give a custodial sentence.
They gave Tolhurst a 12 week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, to run concurrently for each offence. He was also ordered to pay £2,950 compensation to the MoD.