A FORMER pupil sold four Apple iPads which had been stolen from his Redruth school because he saw a way to make quick money.
Christopher McAvoy, 21, of Pendarves Street, who used to go to Trewirgie Junior School, could not resist the temptation to handle stolen goods when a burglar offered him the equipment, valued at £1,263.52.
At Truro Magistrates’ Court on February 6, Anita Kennett, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said both the burglar, who was also subject to court proceedings, and McAvoy used to go to the school.
She said: “The staff at the school found it particularly difficult that former pupils engaged in this behaviour.”
McAvoy pleaded guilty to receiving the stolen items between August 8 and September 30, last year, which he then sold on.
He also admitted stealing a number of snooker cues from St Ives Snooker Club on August 19.
Ms Kennett said McAvoy went on a taster session at the club before taking the cues and that he had since written a letter of apology.
Paul Simons, defending, said: “He was homeless, he was hungry and he saw the opportunity to make some quick money on both occasions.”
McAvoy was made subject to a 12-month community order with the requirement that he attend 36 hours at a senior attendance centre.
He was also ordered to comply with a six-week curfew from 7pm to 7am daily and pay compensation of £60 to the snooker club and £1263.52 to the school.
He will also have to pay £40 towards the costs of the prosecution and a £60 victim surcharge.