A MAN who borrowed a PlayStation from the supported housing foundation where he lived pawned it.
Blackburn Magistrates Court heard Garry Lettherd left Lupine Foundation staff a note saying he had borrowed the game console, but they called the police when he did not return it.
Lettherd, 47, of Ivy Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to stealing a Playstation 4.
He was jailed for four weeks for the offense and an additional 12 weeks for breaching a suspended sentence.
Prosecuting Liz Hayton said the Lupine Foundation operated the Canterbury Street Inn in Blackburn, where Lettherd was staying at the time of the offence.
He left a note for the staff saying he had borrowed the PlayStation for the weekend.
‘Turns out he had taken it to Cash Converters on Darwen Street and pawned it for £95,’ Miss Hayton said.
She said the suspended sentence was handed down in January for offenses of criminal damage and assault on a rescue worker.
Damien Pickup, mitigating, said Lettherd had no intention of stealing the device or pawning it when he borrowed it.
He had gone to his partner’s house for the weekend and there was a row over what compensation she felt should be due following the January convictions.
“She had sought compensation of £400 for criminal damage, but her recollection was that the prosecution had not requested it,” Mr Pickup said.
“She said he wouldn’t get the Playstation or his passport back until he paid the compensation.”
Mr Pickup said Lettherd managed to raise the money to pay his partner but could not find the money to buy back the PlayStation.
“He tried desperately to raise the money and kept his probation officer informed of the situation,” Mr Pickup said.
“Eventually it got to the point where Lupine called the police and kicked him out.
“He was unable to raise the money to redeem it and the offense was committed.”