Laptop thief’s shame

A SOLDIER who had a breakdown after returning from serving in Afghanistan has admitted theft.

Alex Kemp, 21, of Raglan Court, Hanson Lane, Halifax, admitted taking a laptop and bag worth £450.

Calderdale Magistrates’ Court was told he had met a man in Halifax town centre and returned to a friend’s house with the man.

After they both fell asleep, Kemp took the laptop.

Camile Moorland, prosecuting, said he was caught after police saw him trying to hide the laptop when they arrived at a separate incident the day after.

Mark Baxendale, representing him, said: “Alex has had a rough ride of it having served Queen and country in the army.”

He said he had a breakdown after his return and found himself homeless and struggling with his health.

He left the army in 2010 and Mr Baxendale said accommodation should have been found for him to help with his recovery - but it was not.

“He then got himself in with the wrong company,” said Mr Baxendale. “By nature he is not a dishonest person.”

“I am confident you’re not going to see him in front of the courts again,” he said.

Magistrates’ gave him a conditional discharge for 12 months.