Lodger jailed for stealing vehicle

Calderdale Magistrates Court
Calderdale Magistrates Court

A man was jailed for four weeks for taking a vehicle without consent from a man he was lodging with.

Carl Richardson, 23, of no fixed abode, appeared at another court just six days earlier charged with criminal damage to a vehicle and was given a conditional discharge.

Richardson returned to Calderdale to live with a friend at Beaumont Street, Pellon, Halifax, when he took a Vauxhall Corsa without the owner’s consent, on August 9.

Richardson held no personal driving licence and was not insured on the vehicle.

He returned the car to where it had been previously parked by its owner and also returned the keys to the coffee table they had been taken from.

Mitigation Malcolm Newell, told Calderdale Magistrates’ Court the defendant had not intended to permanently deprive the owner of the vehicle and said he had previously been allowed to drive the vehicle with the owner’s consent.

Prosecution Waseem Raja said the defendant just “presumed” he could take the car.

Richardson was sentenced by magistrates’ to four weeks imprisonment and was disqualified from driving for six months.