Prolific thief who stole funeral laptop sentenced

02/02/2016

Franklyn Mathurin, 47, was sentenced today at Harrow Crown Court to a total of four and a half years imprisonment for two burglaries and a breach of a suspended sentence. This included a sentence of three years imprisonment given for a burglary relating to the theft of a laptop from a church.

The laptop was stolen from City Mission Pentecostal Church in Willesden, north London, on 2nd November 2015 where it was being used to show a slideshow of photographs for a six-year-old boy's funeral. The laptop was taken from the church following the service when the congregation had travelled to the cemetery.

Nicola Calnan, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: "Franklyn Mathurin is a prolific thief who has numerous convictions for similar offences.

"This offence was particularly damaging as the victims were heartbroken parents, who were mourning the loss of their young son, and the laptop that was stolen contained some of their treasured memories.

"This was a cruel and callous theft and Mathurin has now been brought to justice for this despicable crime."

Background

Mathurin was also sentenced today for a separate charge of burglary relating to an offence on 17th September 2015 when he stole a laptop from a flat. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for this offence, to run concurrently. He was also sentenced to a further 18 months imprisonment to run consecutively for the breach of a suspended sentence.