Teenager admits stealing dog after threatening owner in County Durham road lay-by

The Northern Echo: Durham Crown Court hears of lay-by confrontation in which man's dog was stolen Durham Crown Court hears of lay-by confrontation in which man's dog was stolen

A TEENAGER who admitted stealing a dog after threatening its owner with violence was warned he could be facing a jail sentence.

John Thomas Fenwick was originally charged with robbery arising from his part in the incident, in a lay-by off the A689 near Leasingthorne, County Durham, on the evening of February 12 last year.

But he pleaded ‘guilty’ to alternative charges of affray, in which he used or threatened violence, and theft, at what was to be the start of his trial, at Durham Crown Court, today (Wednesday January 22).

Adrian Dent, prosecuting, said the pleas were “acceptable” to the Crown and the robbery charge would not be pursued.

The case was adjourned pending preparation of probation background reports on Fenwick, who will also be sentenced for theft of a car, which he previously admitted at Teesside Crown Court.

Judge Christopher Prince told Fenwick: “You’ll be sentenced here next month for all outstanding matters.

“You should expect to receive a prison sentence, but all options will be considered.”

He formally recorded a ‘not guilty’ verdict on the robbery charge and remanded 19-year-old Fenwick, of Eggleston Walk, St Helen Auckland, in custody pending sentence for the counts of theft and affray on February 21.

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7:31pm Thu 23 Jan 14

blaze467 says...

Let's hope he is locked up for a long time. This will improve the quality of life for so many good people.
Let's hope he is locked up for a long time. This will improve the quality of life for so many good people. blaze467
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3:50pm Fri 24 Jan 14

summer12314 says...

For all you gossipers if you really knew what went on and people told the trout he wouldnt be where he is today. So before you all start gossiping don't judge when you dont know the full story. This does not mean he is a good person
For all you gossipers if you really knew what went on and people told the trout he wouldnt be where he is today. So before you all start gossiping don't judge when you dont know the full story. This does not mean he is a good person summer12314
  • Score: 3

10:11pm Fri 24 Jan 14

downeydenise says...

Yes done judge people when u don't even no them it's people like u who give people a bad name so u want to keep ya comments to ya self.
Yes done judge people when u don't even no them it's people like u who give people a bad name so u want to keep ya comments to ya self. downeydenise
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10:12pm Fri 24 Jan 14

downeydenise says...

blaze467 wrote:
Let's hope he is locked up for a long time. This will improve the quality of life for so many good people.
U need to get a life
[quote][p][bold]blaze467[/bold] wrote: Let's hope he is locked up for a long time. This will improve the quality of life for so many good people.[/p][/quote]U need to get a life downeydenise
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