Grantham court: Early morning theft of girlfriend’s mum’s car

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A guilty conscience caused a man who stole his girlfriend’s mother’s car before crashing it in Barrowby to hand himself in.

Stuart Scrivens of Kinoulton Court in Grantham admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, told the court Scrivens stole the car at 4.30am.

Mr Pietryka said: “He drove to Barrowby and when he got to the village, he says, it all went wrong and he smashed it into another car.”

Scrivens, 21, fled the scene before returning 20 minutes later to make sure nobody was in the second car or was injured.

Mr Pietryka added: “The next day guilt got the better of him and he went to the police station and gave himself up.”

Scrivens, defending himself, described his actions as “silly”. He admitted previously being addicted to drugs but said that was no longer the case and they did not play a part in this offence.

Scrivens was sentenced to an 18-month community order which includes a “Thinking Skills Programme”. He must also complete 110 hours’ community service, pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.

Scrivens was banned from driving for 12 months.