Man jailed for stealing truck driver's phone - Watford

17/02/2017

Watford man Neil Williams was jailed for 27 months today, Friday, 17 February 2017, after a truck driver caught him stealing his mobile phone.

Williams, who has drink and drug problems, snatched the black iPhone 5 from the victim's Grab Truck while he signed on at a building site in Princes Road, Watford.

St Albans Crown Court was told the victim returned to the truck and, when he saw Williams inside, ordered him out.

Prosecutor Alison Ginn said Williams, who smelt of alcohol, walked off. When the victim realised his phone was missing, he went after him and saw him throw it onto the ground. The victim held Williams on the ground. Williams, aged 47, asked him not to call the police, but the police were called. After he was arrested and handcuffed, Williams lashed out at the victim, kicking his leg.

Williams, of Whippendell Road, Watford, had been convicted at an earlier hearing, in his absence, of theft from a motor vehicle and assault by beating, which were committed on 2 November last year. He appeared via video link from Peterborough jail to be sentenced for those two offences as well as failing to surrender to custody.

The Judge was told Williams was in breach of a suspended sentence imposed by St Albans Crown Court in March 2015. He had stolen two Jacob Epstein sculptures from Watford Museum.

Darryl Cherrett, defending, said that, other than the theft of the sculptures, Williams' past offending had been relatively minor.

Recorder Harold Persaud sentenced him to 9 months in total for the assault, theft and failing to surrender with a further 18 months for breaching the suspended sentence. He told him: "No information has been put before me to suggest it would be unjust other than to bring the suspended sentence into effect. Very little can be said on your behalf."

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