Grantham court: Crown sentencing for man who took cash given in error

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The sentencing of a man who walked out of Grantham police station with £2,472 given to him in error will take place at Lincoln Crown Court.

The mistake came after 28-year-old Shane Woods of St Anne’s Street, Grantham, was convicted of supplying class B drugs in 2012, and in accordance with the Proceeds of Crime Act, the money he had made from his offence was confiscated.

Although it was agreed that £270 of the money belonged to Woods, on leaving the police station on Swingbridge Road he was instead mistakenly given the full £2,472, and signed for the money without pointing out the error.

When police realised what had happened they contacted Woods saying he must return the money, but he failed to do so and consequently was charged with committing theft by finding on August 2, 2013.

After appearing in court on January 26 and pleading guilty to this offence, the case was adjourned so that a pre-sentence report could be prepared on Woods by the probation service.

However Stuart Wild, defending, argued that as the offence put Woods in breach of a two-year suspended sentence imposed by the crown court, he should be sentenced there to ensure that the theft and breach were considered together.

Grantham magistrates agreed to commit the defendant for sentencing at Lincoln Crown Court.