A bright student didn’t feel quite as clever after being hauled before magistrates for an offence of theft.

Sulaiman Masud, a pure maths undergraduate described as ‘highly intelligent’, found himself in trouble after taking a mobile phone belonging to a betting shop customer.

And his appearance at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court signalled the latest spell of bad luck for the 22-year-old after a term in prison wiped potential marks off his degree.

Masud, 22, pleaded guilty to theft on the day he was due to stand trial at the Huddersfield court.

The offence occurred at Ladbrokes in Dewsbury town centre on August 6.

Prosecutor Alex Bozman described the victim, Christopher Broderick, as a regular customer who was there that day placing a bet.

Masud was also there but told to leave following various issues.

Ladbrokes, Dewsbury town centre
Ladbrokes, Dewsbury town centre

Mr Broderick later realised that his mobile phone was missing and returned to the shop.

Mr Bozman said: “The phone was not where he had left it and a member of staff rang his number.

“It was answered by Mr Masud who said: ‘It’s my phone now.’”

Mr Broderick tried to track down Masud, of Moor View in Flockton, but had no luck and called police.

Paul Blanchard, mitigating, said that Masud had another recent criminal conviction for assault and theft from his time studying in Wales.

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He was jailed for six months but this was later reduced to a week by a judge.

Mr Blanchard said: “He’s a very intelligent young man but clearly a very stupid man at times.

“Going to prison was the wake-up call he needed.

“As a consequence of being in prison he’s lost 20 percent of his potential marks towards his degree this year.”

Magistrates gave Masud a conditional discharge for 12 months.

He has to pay £40 compensation to Mr Broderick and £200 prosecution costs.