Fareham man gets curfew for taking boat from quay

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SNEAKY Wayne Harris took a boat that did not belong to him so he could go fishing three times, a court has heard.

The 30-year-old appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with three counts of taking a conveyance without consent.

Harris pleaded guilty to taking the motorboat from Mariners Quay, in Shore Road, Warsash on May 17, 20 and 26.

His defence, Stephen Claxton, said Harris has a learning disability. ‘He did not really think he was doing an awful lot wrong,’ he said.

‘He accepts he did not have the owner’s permission. No damage was caused.

‘He simply took the motorboat on three occasions for his own ends to go fishing.’

The court heard Harris had previous convictions for taking vehicles without the owner’s consent.

Chairwoman of the magistrates Pauline Tilt said: ‘This is a boat but still someone else’s property and you knew you should not be taking it’

She gave Harris a nine-month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement of 25 days. He was also handed a three-month curfew to be at his home address of Churchill Close, Fareham, between 8pm and 6am every day. He must also pay £150 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.