‘It’s mine now’, said thief who stole phone

A THIEF who stole a mobile phone in Dewsbury answered a trace call and said: “It’s my phone now.”

Sulaiman Masud, 22, took the mobile from Ladbroke’s betting shop in the town centre on August 6 last year.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that victim Christopher Broderick was in the shop placing a bet.

Masud, of Flockton, was also in the shop but was asked to leave due to various issues.

Mr Broderick, who also left, realised his mobile phone was missing and went back to the shop.

Prosecutor Alex Bozman said: “The phone was not where he had left it and a member of staff rang his number.”

Masud, studying for a pure maths degree in Wales, answered and said: “It’s my phone now.”

He admitted theft on the day he was due to stand trial at the Huddersfield court.

Masud has a conviction for assault and theft from his time studying in Wales, when he was jailed for a week.

As a result of being in prison he lost 20 per cent of the potential marks for his degree this year.

Paul Blanchard, mitigating, said: “He’s a very intelligent young man but clearly a very stupid man at times.”

Masud was handed a conditional discharge for 12 months. He has to pay £40 compensation to Mr Broderick and £200 court costs.

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