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Penzance man 'brazenly' stole TV from maternity unit wall

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: November 27, 2013

Penzance man 'brazenly' stole TV from maternity unit wall

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A PENZANCE man who brazenly walked into a hospital maternity unit and stole a television off the wall, before breaking into two Heamoor homes, has been jailed.

At Truro Crown Court on Friday, Daniel Fielding, also known as Tutt, 29, of Eastern Green, admitted stealing a Sharp television belonging to Royal Cornwall Hospital on August 6 this year and two dwelling house burglaries in Penzance a few days later.

Elaine Hobson, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said two males were seen to enter the hospital

“They walk out and Mr Fielding is seen to be carrying a very large television,” she said.

At 9pm staff at the hospital had seen that television still attached to the wall on the maternity unit.

The television was recovered when Fielding was arrested on August 13 and police were able to match damage to the back of the television with the fitting on the wall.

Ms Hobson said Fielding broke into a property on Bolitho Road at 2.20am on August 11 and that members of the family at the property had been out for the evening so the door had been left unlocked.

One of the residents found Fielding standing inside the back door.

She said: “At this time the defendant is protesting saying he is looking for a friend and he might have got the wrong house.”

Ms Hobson said just a short time later at 2.45am Fielding was discovered inside another Heamoor home on Richmond Street where he had barricaded himself inside the living room by pushing a sofa against a door but he escaped through a window.

Ms Hobson said: “Electrical items had been placed in a bin bag ready to be taken away by Mr Fielding.

Paul Gallagher, defending, said Fielding was deeply sorry for what happened and that he had taken too many Vallium that night and could not explain why he did it but accepts that the evidence is there.

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said Fielding had a history of offending particularly theft and burglary.

He jailed Fielding for concurrent sentences of two years and five months in respect of each of the burglaries and one year for the theft.

Judge Clark described the theft of the maternity unit’s television as particularly mean and brazen.

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