The court heard that on January 19, Mr Parton saw his bicycle – which he thought he had lost – propped up against a tree outside McDonald's on Scunthorpe's High Street.Oh, happy days! How had it come to be there?
Well, it had been stolen. And - of course - confronted with his crime, the thief responded in the usual fashion - brazen it out:
Prosecutor Debbie Gibson told the court Mr Parton confronted Bentley about the bike and was told he had owned it for around a year.
"Bentley became vocal towards him," said Miss Gibson. "He got off the bike and got hold of Mr Parton and a scuffle broke out.
"This gave Bentley's girlfriend the chance to ride off on the bike, but she fell off."*chuckles*
Oh, of course, the thief is already well known to the justice system and under a curfew. A lot of good that did, eh?
Mitigation should be interesting...
In mitigation, Simon Davies said: "The bike has been retrieved without any damage."Or...not.
Bentley's existing 7pm to 7am curfew order was extended until May 27. He must pay £125 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.Because it was working so well at keeping him out of trouble!