Teenager sold off kit from library

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A TEENAGER has been locked up after he assaulted a policeman and sold property belonging to Scarborough Library to a pawn shop.

Benjamin Swalwell, 19, of Bar Street, admitted assaulting a police officer, fraud, handling stolen goods and a public order offence at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Kathryn Reeve, prosecuting, said that a sound processor worth £50 had been stolen from Scarborough Library, and a staff member subsequently found it at Cash Converters in Northway.

“He searched the local second hand shops,” she said. “He identified it at Cash Converters and received the item back.”

Checks were carried out and the transaction was traced back to Swalwell, who on March 3 had opened an account at the shop and claimed he had the right to sell the item, for which he received £20.

When he was arrested, Swalwell told police a friend had given him the item to sell and he did not question where it came from.

Then, in the early hours of June 14, Swalwell committed further offences after entering a takeaway in Aberdeen Walk.

“The defendant threw an old cardboard box into the counter area, he then started shouting and swearing at a man who was cowering in the corner,” Miss Reeve added.

“He kept shouting and swearing, then swung a number of punches at a friend of the owner. They did not connect.”

A police officer heard a disturbance before finding Swalwell. He gave chase and apprehended him in Aberdeen Place, at the rear of Boots.

While handcuffed he then lunged with his head at the officer before kicking him in his left thumb.

Shaun Greenan, mitigating, said: “In relation to the fraud it was a stupid thing to do. He passed the £20 back to his friend. That indicates a level of naivety.

“When he went to the pizza shop the complainant was hostile with him.

“He is someone who suffers from problems with alcohol. Although he has little recollection he accepts he struck out at the officer.

“Sending him to prison will punish him but will not deal with his underlying problems.”

However, after hearing that Swalwell was already subject to a community order, magistrates decided to send him into custody immediately and re-sentence him for 11 original offences.

In total, he was handed a 26 week sentence in a young offenders’ institution.

Swalwell was told: “The stolen goods were taken from a community facility. We believe the community values these resources very highly.”