Repeat Offender jailed at Bristol Magistrates’ Court


William Clutterbuck (22) of Lakeshore Drive, Hartcliffe, Bristol appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday 21st August) charged with a string of offences which included burglary, fraud and theft.

It was alleged that over a period of several months; Clutterbuck repeatedly stole from friends, neighbours and work colleagues, by copying and then fraudulently using their debit card details to buy goods online.  In most cases, the owners were unaware that their cards had been used until statements arrived and the fraudulent transactions spotted.  He also stole the I-Pad of a friend and the laptop from a guest in a hotel where he was working.  Despite being arrested and charged with a string of initial offences, Clutterbuck went on to break into a neighbour’s flat, stealing a high value digital camera and jewellery.

On sentencing Clutterbuck, Bristol Magistrates noted that a number of the later offences were committed whilst the defendant was on bail for similar matters.  In awarding a maximum sentence of 12 month’s imprisonment, they made it clear that his guilty plea was the only reason why the matter had not been sent to the Crown Court.  Clutterbuck was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £140.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Alex Ward said: "We’re keen to show the public that the courts do not tolerate persistent offenders and those who offend whilst on bail.  Clearly the fact that Mr Clutterbuck had already been investigated and charged with earlier offences did not deter him and he continued to take advantage of those around him.  We want to let the public know that we will do everything in our power to ensure that offenders such as this are stopped and punished where appropriate."