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Karl Flanagan, 31, of no fixed address, has been jailed for 12 weeks for stealing a games console from Falmouth's Duchy Hotel.

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

A DRUG addict who stole a games console from a Falmouth hotel has been jailed for 12 weeks by a district judge.

Karl Flanagan, 31, a prolific offender of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared in custody before District Judge Kevin Gray at Bodmin Magistrates' Court last Thursday.

Sarah Payne, for the prosecution, said the offence involved a "walk-in" theft at the Duchy Hotel on July 20. Members of staff became suspicious after a group of men were seen in the hotel and a games console – given as a present the previous evening and being kept in the lounge – went missing. Flanagan later admitted to police that he had taken the distinctive console with a European two-pin plug it and tried to sell it at Cashbrokers.

Fred Howell, for the defence, said that Flanagan had made attempts to get off heroin but now intended to go "cold turkey". He was stealing to feed his habit, the court heard.

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