Man threatened former friend over stolen items

Droitwich Advertiser: Man threatened former friend over stolen items Man threatened former friend over stolen items

A MAN has admitted threatening a former friend who failed to pay him compensation for stealing personal items including a phone, iPod and sat nav.

Rickie McCullough was promised £300 from Jack Sharp after the latter admitted stealing a number of electrical items and bank statements from his car.

But Worcester Magistrates’ Court was told that 27-year-old McCullough harassed Mr Sharp by turning up at his home and workplace when the money was not handed over.

Prosecutor Chris Coughlan told magistrates that the defendant, from Comhampton, Ombersley, near Worcester, tried to enforce the debt by threats and bullying.

On December 29 last year, the court was told how McCullough went to Mr Sharp’s home in Pershore, but only the victim’s partner was in. “She called the police telling them he (the defendant) had gone to the address making threats through her to do things to him,” said Mr Coughlan.

“She was extremely frightened and scared.” The following day, he turned up at Mr Sharp’s workplace in Worcester and according to Mr Coughlan, told him “you are going to get it, Jack”.

The solicitor said the offence put him in breach of a crown court suspended sentence for possessing a class-C drug. McCullough admitted a charge of harassment on the day the case was due to go to trial. Chris Aggrey, defending McCullough, said his client was “easily led”.

“He has had problems in the past and has led a bit of a chaotic lifestyle,” he told the court. “He was initially friends with the complainant. Mr McCullough’s car was broken into.

“He believes he was targeted and Mr Sharp admitted the theft and agreed to pay him £300 compensation, although Mr McCullough thinks the value was far more than that.”

Mr Aggrey said his client insisted nothing had been paid. At first he tried phoning him and went to his work address,” he said. “He got more and more frustrated and things got out of hand. He accepts responsibility for his despicable behaviour.”

His solicitor said that by pleading guilty he has “spared witnesses the trauma of giving evidence at trial”. Chairman of the bench Keith Stevens said the case would be committed to crown court for sentencing as he felt the defendant needed greater punishment than the magistrates could give out. He will be sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on May 10.

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3:48pm Wed 17 Apr 13

Samboy says...

Where do we go next? A steals from B. B does not report the crime but blackmails A. A complains to the police. The newspaper calls A a victim. Charge them both, shove them both in the same cell and forget about them for a year.
Where do we go next? A steals from B. B does not report the crime but blackmails A. A complains to the police. The newspaper calls A a victim. Charge them both, shove them both in the same cell and forget about them for a year. Samboy

7:07pm Wed 17 Apr 13

square1 says...

Where's the offence. Isn't he just doing some debt collecting where his friend stole some things and agreed to pay for them. No worse than any other debt collector going round looking for someone to pay off a debt. A total waste of court time and public money he's the victim the one out of pocket. I would probably do the same now the dirty trusting friend (sorry thief) walks free. Disgrace
Where's the offence. Isn't he just doing some debt collecting where his friend stole some things and agreed to pay for them. No worse than any other debt collector going round looking for someone to pay off a debt. A total waste of court time and public money he's the victim the one out of pocket. I would probably do the same now the dirty trusting friend (sorry thief) walks free. Disgrace square1

9:23pm Wed 17 Apr 13

Samboy says...

I agree Square1. It is just the mind-blowing idea that someone would commit a robbery and then complain to the Police, and then be taken so seriously that the full majesty of the law (including Legal Aid) i let loose on the affair.
I agree Square1. It is just the mind-blowing idea that someone would commit a robbery and then complain to the Police, and then be taken so seriously that the full majesty of the law (including Legal Aid) i let loose on the affair. Samboy

6:34am Thu 18 Apr 13

TDH123 says...

Perhaps if the police were less reluctant to investigate allegations, and if the courts handed out decent and effective sentences, this man may well have not taken the law into his own hands.
Perhaps if the police were less reluctant to investigate allegations, and if the courts handed out decent and effective sentences, this man may well have not taken the law into his own hands. TDH123

8:19am Thu 18 Apr 13

Respectable says...

It's a strange old world we're living in..!!
It's a strange old world we're living in..!! Respectable

8:40am Thu 18 Apr 13

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

As Alexie Sayle once said, 'it's a funny old world - and it doesn't make you laugh'!
As Alexie Sayle once said, 'it's a funny old world - and it doesn't make you laugh'! Arthur Blenkinsop

7:20pm Sun 12 May 13

Secret agent 46 says...

Ricky should have just filled him in the thieving scum
Ricky should have just filled him in the thieving scum Secret agent 46

10:25am Mon 13 May 13

MUFC2501 says...

Bring back national service!! Especially for petty crimes like this!! Prison gives them the impression that there hard men. When really they are just muggy little *****. Turn the little boys into men and stop wasting my tax money on b*llsh*t like this. JUST SAYING.
Bring back national service!! Especially for petty crimes like this!! Prison gives them the impression that there hard men. When really they are just muggy little *****. Turn the little boys into men and stop wasting my tax money on b*llsh*t like this. JUST SAYING. MUFC2501

10:35am Tue 14 May 13

Riskier says...

Just to clarify the items that were taken from the car had a value of around £1800 , the Police and C.P.S. were completely uninterested in serving punishment upon Jack Sharp who has a longer criminal record that myself (he received a caution) the Police and C.P.S. took into his lies and exaggerations and were more interested in placing myself in prison even though I am a tax payer who works - this whole incident should never of even reached court . It cost tax payers over £50,000 to keep one person in prison for a year (I served 97 days) so I Imagine it wasn't cheap but the problem still remains I have not been compensated for my loss. And as for the national service comment I am ex forces and then worked in the licenced security industry for 8 years
Just to clarify the items that were taken from the car had a value of around £1800 , the Police and C.P.S. were completely uninterested in serving punishment upon Jack Sharp who has a longer criminal record that myself (he received a caution) the Police and C.P.S. took into his lies and exaggerations and were more interested in placing myself in prison even though I am a tax payer who works - this whole incident should never of even reached court . It cost tax payers over £50,000 to keep one person in prison for a year (I served 97 days) so I Imagine it wasn't cheap but the problem still remains I have not been compensated for my loss. And as for the national service comment I am ex forces and then worked in the licenced security industry for 8 years Riskier
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