‘Skint’ copper thief targeted sewage works

Roy Fisher

Roy Fisher

First published in News

COPPER cable with “the diameter of a coffee cup” was ripped from a sewage pumping station by a man desperate to pay off his debts.

Roy Fisher, 46, broke into the Thames Water facility off Grenoble Road, Greater Leys, on February 17 and took a 15ft length of valuable metal.

He admitted one count of burglary, which caused a total of £7,000 of damage, and was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court yesterday.

Prosecutor Cathy Olliver said Fisher, of Deer Walk, Blackbird Leys, smashed off a padlock on the pump room and cut the cable.

She said: “Fortunately it was the standby pump, not the working pump. “Had it been the working pump there would have been bad consequences for people of Oxford in terms of flooding.”

Fisher, who has 50 previous convictions, was arrested close by in a Renault Espace driven by his partner and told police he did it because he was “completely skint”.

Sarah Smith, defending, said her client stood to make £150 from the theft and committed the offence after both he and his partner lost their jobs.

Recorder Sandeep Kainth gave Fisher a one-year jail term, suspended for 18 months, with 200 hours’ unpaid work, a five-month curfew and £200 costs.

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10:04am Sat 15 Sep 12

Bon Rurgundy says...

£7000 worth of damage for £150? Vermin like this should be locked up. He'll be at it again this weekend, or as soon as his giro doesn't turn up.
£7000 worth of damage for £150? Vermin like this should be locked up. He'll be at it again this weekend, or as soon as his giro doesn't turn up. Bon Rurgundy
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2:13pm Sat 15 Sep 12

Myron Blatz says...

Yes, we should all feel terribly sorry for these poor unfortunate people who have to resort to stealing and theft. We could start by re-introducing them back into society in an humane way - such as regular paid work, and then legally deducting the cost of what they stole and replacement costs involved, not just yet more token fines. That said, it does make you wonder just how 'connected with the real world' are the Magistrates?
Yes, we should all feel terribly sorry for these poor unfortunate people who have to resort to stealing and theft. We could start by re-introducing them back into society in an humane way - such as regular paid work, and then legally deducting the cost of what they stole and replacement costs involved, not just yet more token fines. That said, it does make you wonder just how 'connected with the real world' are the Magistrates? Myron Blatz
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