Guilty plea to assisting in handling stolen goods

THE desire to make a quick buck landed a man in court last week – after he was caught with a haul of lead in the back of his car.

Nigel Williams was found with a large amount of the material in his car when he was stopped by police on July 14, Boston Magistrates’ Court was told.

And though the 32-year-old said he had not been involved in the theft from St Peter and Paul’s Church, in Algarkirk, he admitted that he knew the lead was stolen when he was asked to transport it by a friend, magistrates heard.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to assisting in handling stolen goods.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said that when police stopped Williams they saw another man run away from the vehicle. He is due to appear in court at a later date.

Williams, of Monarchs Road, Sutterton, told police the other person had contacted him and asked him to take the lead to Horncastle in his car in exchange for money, Ms Stace said.

In mitgation, Sacha Waxman said Williams had been looking for work for some time, and took the opportunity to earn a little cash when he was given the chance – even though he knew the lead had been stolen.

He added: “What took place on the 14 July was an incredibly foolish decision on his part.”

Magistrates handed him a community order for 12 months with 110 hours of unpaid work.

He also has to pay £85 costs.