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Stolen motorbike found in Rugby man's loft

Rugby Editorial 22nd Feb, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A STOLEN motorbike was found in a Rugby man’s loft – but he lied to police when he told them he had nothing to do with them.

Gareth Medcraft pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to handling the Honda CR80 and a moped – knowing they had been stolen.

But Medcraft, 30, of Lawford Lane, changed his pleas to guilty on the day of his trial, and was jailed for ten months – which he had already served on remand.

Prosecutor Trevor Meegan said that in July last year a man returned to his home in Rugby to find two men in his garage.

They fled when he challenged them, and he then found that his £600 Honda motorbike had been stolen.

A week later a year-old moped was stolen from outside the owner’s home.

Suspicion fell on Medcraft, whose previous convictions included handling a stolen motorbike which was then sold on eBay.

And when officers went to his home they found both machines, with the Honda having been hidden in the loft.

But when he was questioned following his arrest, Medcraft denied receiving them, claiming they had been brought to the house by someone else and that he had nothing to do with them.

James Doyle, defending, said: “The guilty pleas have come at a late stage; but he’s been in custody on remand since September 9, so he’s already done the equivalent of just over ten months.”

Sentencing Medcraft, whose plea of not guilty to a further charge of handling a stolen Kawasaki was accepted, Judge Alan Parker told him: “You gave an entirely lying account to the police, but at the last minute you saw sense.”

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