Jail for business heir’s deceptions

Nicholas Polihronos
Nicholas Polihronos

A MAN who had the chance to take over his father’s successful Scarborough-based business is instead starting a three year prison sentence.

Nicholas Polihronos, 28, has been told by his dad that he wants to hand over his successful trawler boat business, but appeared before York Crown Court for sentencing on two charges of theft, two of deception and one of burglary.

After hearing that the latter charge, because of Polihronos’s past record of burglary, meant that he faced a minimum three year sentence, Judge Colin Burn said that he had no alternative.

Polihronos, of Barrowcliff, had previously admitted the offences.

David Hall, prosecuting, said that on September 15 last year the defendant had gone to the Albemarle Hotel in the town, premises which had once been owned by his family, and stole two cheques which he later cashed through his unsuspecting girlfriend’s account and received £770.

Then on the night of January 15, Polihronos entered the home of a woman in Trinity Back Road and stole electrical items, wrapping them in a duvet cover.

Mr Hall said that the defendant left the scene by taxi, the driver later reporting that his passenger appeared to have a “bag of loot”.

In a Victim Impact Statement read out to the court the burglary victim, who lives alone, said the offence took place while she was working a night shift and had left her paranoid about being in her own home alone without lights on.

She also said that the slightest noise when she was in bed caused her to panic.

Andrew Semple, for Polihronos, said his client had been addicted to drugs since the age of 15 and began injecting heroin from the age of 17, committing, in the main, nuisance crimes in order to fund his habit.

Following his last release from prison, said Mr Semple, Polihronos had decided to get away from the bad influences of others in Scarborough, breaking the conditions of his licence to go to Spain.

The move worked as far as drugs were concerned, but, when he returned to this country for the birth of his child, it led to his arrest at the airport, him missing the birth and to his re-imprisonment.

This, said Mr Semple, put him back in contact with drugs, which were prevalent in prison, and led to him again using them.

Jailing Polihronos for three years, the judge said that he accepted that he was not always a “bad man”.