A 23-YEAR-old Great Barr man who ran a garage business has been put behind bars for a year after he and a teenager stole two yellow single decker buses from a depot.
Mohammed Safdar and 18-year-old William Wickett took the buses from Great Bridge, but they were recovered 24 hours later in Smethwick having sustained more than £10,000-worth of damage.
Judge Martin Walsh told the two men it was clear they had targeted the depot and a jury had decided the buses were not taken “simply for a joyride,” but because Safdar was in the garage the business.
There was nothing at all spontaneous about the crime, said the judge, and it was an aggravating feature of the case that the buses suffered substantial damage.
Safdar, of Queslett Road, and Wickett, of Brackenfield Road, both Great Barr, had denied conspiracy to steal, but they were convicted by a jury at the end of their trial. Wickett was given 26 weeks in a Young Offenders’ Institution suspended for two years, placed on supervision for 12 months and told he must also carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work in the community.
The judge added at Wolverhampton Crown Court that at the time Safdar had almost come to the end of an earlier suspended prison sentence.
Prosecutor Elizabeth Power said the buses had been forced open by Safdar and the teenager and they committed further damage to the vehicles amounting to £10,130.
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