Man breached suspended sentence by taking electric bike

Court news.
Court news.

A Boston man put himself in breach of a suspended prison sentence after he took an electric bike from its owner without their consent.

Callum Baggaley, 25, of Windsor Bank, appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with taking a ‘pedal cycle’ without the consent of its owner on March 25.

He was also accused of breaching the conditions of his supervision order by failing to attend a number of appointments with the probation service.

He admitted the offences, both of which put him in breach of a 14-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, given in September for burglary and handling stolen goods.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, told the court on the evening of March 24 an electric scooter valued at £300 was taken from a shed at Cemetery Lodge, in Horncastle Road. The disappearance was reported to the police.

The following day, officers attended Baggaley’s home in Windsor Bank in relation to the breach of his supervision order.

Mr Clare said: “They found the defendant riding on the electric cycle.”

Baggaley made off from the scene, the prosecution continued, was pursued and ultimately detained.

Mr Clare said Baggaley claimed to have found the bike on the river bank, but police enquiries revealed it was the same as the one taken from Cemetery Lodge the previous evening.

John Storer, mitigating, spoke of his concern for the wellbeing of the defendant - someone he has known since he was 18.

He said Baggaley’s state of mind had left a colleague at the law firm ‘extremely worried’.

He said: “He wasn’t the Callum Baggaley she knew.”

He added: “He had explained to her feelings of paranoia have increased certainly over the past couple of months to the point where he was finding it difficult to leave the house.”

Magistrates adjourned the case to allow for a psychiatric report to be prepared and Baggaley was released on conditional bail.

Speaking to the defendant, chairman Eileen Ballard said: “We are trying to help you today.”