Power cut down after electric theft

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A SCARBOROUGH man who illegally siphoned off an electrical supply has been punished in court.

Robert Power, 30, appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to abstracting £120 worth of electric from a New Queen Street flat.

The court heard Power hooked up a connection to the shower isolator switch in December after a fall-out with his landlord.

Prosecuting, Kathryn Reeve said: “He previously stated the electric was provided by the landlord through a card which Power had to buy from him.

“He said there was a breakdown in their relationship with the landlord not providing a card.

“In interview he said he was very sorry for what he did and did it due to the weather conditions.

“He was shown how to do it by a friend.”

Power, who is currently bailed to live in Hull on another charge, has previously been the subject of two drug rehabilitation orders.

He told the court he was “disgusted” by his past and keen to get his life back on track.

He said: “I am very sorry because the last time the rehabilitation helped me a lot.

“I have never lived away from Scarborough and since I have been in Hull I have not used drugs.

“My habit was quite disgusting and it got to a ridiculous stage.

“I want to change for me and my family, I feel very ashamed.”

Magistrates handed Power a 12 month community order with a supervision requirement. He was also told to attend a nine month drug rehabilitation programme and pay £120 compensation to the landlord.