Father of two sentenced to 12-month supervision order after admitting handling stolen goods for trying to sell a designer jacket at a club in Aldershot
A man has admitted trying to sell a stolen designer jacket at a club in Aldershot.
Father-of-two Robert Furlong, 39, from Aldershot, admitted handling stolen goods when he appeared at Aldershot Magistrates’ Court last Thursday (October 24).
On September 20, security staff at Tiffany’s in Grosvenor Road noticed Furlong was trying to enter the club and sell a jacket, prosecutor Serena Edwards told the court.
The £325 Armani coat still had its tags, which made the security staff think it had been stolen and the police were called, the court heard. Furlong, of Ascot Court, said he was offered the jacket by a friend for £30.
“He thought it was fake so he accepted it,” Miss Edwards said.
Defending Furlong, Steve Hudson said his client was "very drunk" when he committed the offence and wanted to make a few pounds.
“He thought the jacket could have been from the market as it looked like new and it still had tags on it,” Mr Hudson said. “He is expected to have cancer. Spots have been found on his lungs and chest and he has a hospital appointment next week to confirm that he has cancer.”
To help the bench decide how to punish Furlong, probation officer Gavin James provided a report on the defendant to the court.
Mr James said: “Because of a leg injury Mr Furlong suffered three years ago and the diagnosis which is currently ongoing, I do not think his health is up to an unpaid work requirement.
“I would not want to set him up to fail. But he does meet the requirement of the Thinking Skills programme.”
Regan Clark, chairman of the bench, sentenced Furlong to a 12-month supervision order with a requirement to complete 20 sessions on the programme.
Ms Clarke said: “We were looking for a community order of unpaid work, but probation have highlighted your medical conditions.
“This does not mean you should not comply with it 100%, this needs to be a squeaky clean record for the next 12 months.”