Mobile ‘moment of madness’ ends in court

A FATHER-of-three was slapped with a £215 court fine after a ‘moment of madness’ saw him pocket a mobile phone in a petrol station.

Mark Meek was caught on close circuit television putting a nurse’s Nokia 5800 Xpress Music in his pocket in a Polegate filling station.

When police eventually tracked Meek down to his house in Hastings, he handed it in and admitted to making off with the phone, reported to be worth nearly £300, on August 13 at 5pm.

Meek, 28, of Hardwicke Road in Hastings pleaded guilty to the theft on Tuesday (March 1) at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Meek said, “It was just stupid. I don’t know what I was thinking, I said to the police officer I don’t know what was going through my mind – it’s not like I sold it because I had it four months later.

“She shouldn’t have been using it in a petrol garage.”

Meek, representing himself, disputed the value of the phone. But magistrates said Meek, who has not appeared in court since 1998 on youth offences, was being punished for failing to hand the phone in at the fuel station.

Chairman of the bench Nick Letherby said, “A moment of madness has spoiled what has recently been a relatively clean record.”

Meek was fined £150, ordered to pay £65 costs. He called proceedings a ‘joke’ as he stormed from the dock.