Home   News   Article

Jail for man who drove off without paying for petrol




Peterborough Magistrates' Court
Peterborough Magistrates' Court

A man who drove off from petrol stations without paying on nine separate occasions has been jailed.

Ben Longworth (33) of Daleswood Drive, Kings Cliffe, was locked up for 18 weeks at Peterborough Magistrates Court today (Friday) after pleading guilty to nine counts of making off without payment, one count of driving without insurance and one count of driving without a licence.

He targeted four petrol stations, taking more than £400 of petrol in total between April and September last year.

Paul Brown, prosecuting, told the court: “The defendant put false plates on his partner’s car. He had been given money by his partner to fill up, but he spent the money on drugs.

“He has a distinctive limp, and that is how he was recognised.”

Mr Brown said Longworth had previous convictions for dishonesty, including similar offences in the past.

Martin Newton, defending, said Longworth had resolved his drugs issue now, and had not committed any offences since his arrest.

District Judge Ken Sheraton said because of the previous convictions, he had no option but to impose a custodial sentence.

Along with the 18 week prison term, Longworth was ordered to pay a total of £443.45 compensation, and banned from driving for six months.



COMMENTS
()


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More