A 29-YEAR-OLD man with 23 previous convictions for a string of offences has appeared in court for being a passenger in a stolen car.
Philip Andrew Haigh appeared before Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to travelling in a vehicle which he knew was taken without the owner’s consent.
Haigh also pleaded guilty to theft of a USB iphone charger.
The offence happened on October 2 when the Vauxhall Zafira was stopped by police in Fartown Green Road, Fartown.
The court heard how Haigh, of Hebden Court, Quarmby, had more than 23 convictions for 33 offences including 17 theft matters.
The court heard how there was a number of breaches of community orders, but had last appeared before Bradford Crown Court for assault in September last year for which he was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment.
Mike Sisson-Pell, representing Haigh, told the court his client accepted a lift ‘rather stupidly’ and took the charger because he knew his friend had broken his.
“He has enjoyed coming out of prison and had until recently secured employment.
“He has co-operated with the police and been in custody for longer than 24 hours while police investigated.”
Magistrates placed Haigh under a curfew to be electronically monitored at his home address from 7pm to 7am and 40 hours unpaid work.