Grantham court: Didn’t return borrowed phone

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A teenager has been ordered to pay compensation to a man whose phone he borrowed but then never returned.

Julian Brookes, 18, of Warmington Avenue, Grantham, pleaded guilty to stealing a Motorola mobile phone valued at £160 from another male on May 29.

At around 5pm in Warmington Avenue, Brookes and another man met up with the complainant and a fourth man, during which Brookes asked if he could borrow a phone.

The complainant lent his but said Brookes then walked off with it, leaving him stranded in Grantham without his mobile.

Despite attempts to resolve the issue through restorative justice by police, who spoke to Brookes and got him to agree to pay back the £160 after he said he couldn’t find the phone, by September 16 the complainant had still not been compensated.

Defending Brookes, Rob Arthur said his client claimed that when he had tried to return the phone after making the call the owner had disappeared.

The defendant also said that he had sent a postal order of £60 to the complainant, although he was unable to provide evidence of this and it was not received.

The Probation Service also revealed that Brookes was in breach of a 120-hour unpaid work community order previously handed down.

Magistrates adjourned sentencing until November 23 so that a further report by probation can be completed, with Brookes remaining on conditional bail not to contact the complainant.