A man has been jailed after stealing a car from a vicar who had offered him shelter for the night.
Rev Anthony Howe took homeless Robert Metcalfe into his vicarage in Batley late on Thursday.
Alex Bozman, prosecuting, told Kirklees magistrates: “He went to be Staincliffe vicarage and spoke with the reverend.
“He asked if he could spend the night in his garage as he had nowhere to go.
“The vicar let him stay in the spare bedroom.”
The court heard that the following day Rev Howe advised the 34-year-old to go to a housing organisation.
He gave Metcalfe £10 and gave him a lift to Dewsbury Bus Station.
He returned home, parked his Volkswagen Polo outside his address on Staincliffe Hall Road and went into church.
The vicar found that his car was missing when he returned to the vicarage at 10.40am.
A spare key that he had kept on a bookcase had also gone and he called police.
The court was told that Metcalfe had driven the car to a homeless shelter in Leeds and left it in the car park
When police arrested Metcalfe they found the car keys on him.
Alcohol and clothes belonging to him were found on the back seat.
Further checks revealed that Metcalfe was a banned driver.
He had appeared before Calderdale magistrates earlier this month for an offence of drink-driving.
Calderdale magistrates banned him from the wheel for 28 months and handed him a 16-week suspended jail term.
Metcalfe today pleaded guilty to offences of taking a vehicle without consent and driving whiledisqualified.
Zahid Majeed, mitigating, said that his client had a problem with alcohol and needed to address this.
He added: He’s expressed shame that this man has helped him with accommodation at this time of year when it’s cold but thereafter made the stupid decision of taking the vehicle.
“He has an inability to address his alcohol consumption and this takes over his common sense.”
Magistrates jailed Metcalfe for 20 weeks.