Dean Edwards in court after handling a mobile phone stolen from a 12-year-old boy

Edwards, of Fernside Crescent in Almondbury, admitted handling stolen goods at Kirklees Magistrates' Court

Kirklees Magistrates' Court

A man has appeared in court after a mobile phone was stolen from a 12-year-old boy.

Dean Edwards, of Fernside Crescent in Almondbury was before Kirklees magistrates.

The 43-year-old pleaded guilty to an offence of handling stolen goods on April 20.

Prosecutor Alex Bozman said that the BlackBerry phone was taken from the lad as while he was staying at his grandmother’s house.

Magistrates heard that Edwards, who was not involved in the theft, later attended at the CeX store in Huddersfield town centre.

The store buys, sells and exchanges a range of technology and entertainment products.

Edwards was captured in CCTV selling the phone to staff.

Mr Bozman said: “He accepted that he had gone to sell the phone.

“He’d sold it because (the other male) didn’t have any ID on him and he didn’t get any proceeds from the sale.”

Magistrates heard that Edwards tested positive for cocaine at the police station following his arrest.

Before then he had been out of trouble since 2005.

Magistrates fined Edwards £75 and ordered him to pay £85 costs as well as £20 victim surcharge.

Another man, Shandon Kinsella, is accused of taking the phone from the boy.

Kinsella, of Haigh Street in Lockwood, denies the charge and faces trial at the Huddersfield court on August 5.

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