Lead thief is fined

A MAN with 27 convictions on his record for 65 offences landed back in court after handling stolen scrap metal which had been taken from a roof.

Marc Anthony Keenan, 24, was caught helping to load lead on to a bike after the metal had been taken from Claremont Park flats, in Elwick Road, in Hartlepool.

He admitted handling the metal but said he had only been helping another man who had stolen the scrap to load it onto the bike.

Keenan, of Monkton Road, Hartlepool, who was subject to a community order for two assaults at the time of the offence, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods belonging to Housing Hartlepool on July 7.

Stuart Haywood, mitigating at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court, said Keenan came across a man who was struggling with a bike loaded with lead and offered to help.

He added: “He is simply pleading guilty to being involved in the retention of the stolen property, there were no re-selling or aggravating factors.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench, Peter Bowes, fined Keenan £65 with £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.