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Court hears of car struggle with thief

PUBLISHED: 12:30 04 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:08 03 March 2010

A MOTORIST who returned to his parked car in Felixstowe struggled with a man who was trying to steal it a court heard today.

Kerry Green found 21-year-old Christopher Chan sitting in the driver's seat of his Honda car and another man in the passenger seat, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

A MOTORIST who returned to his parked car in Felixstowe struggled with a man who was trying to steal it a court heard today.

Kerry Green found 21-year-old Christopher Chan sitting in the driver's seat of his Honda car and another man in the passenger seat, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Mr Green ran to the driver's door as the car began pulling away and managed to get part of his body in the vehicle, said Robert Sadd prosecuting.

A struggle took place between Chan and Mr Green and the car came to a halt after colliding with a parked car.

Chan had climbed over his passenger and made his escape out of the passenger door, said Mr Sadd.

Today Chan, who comes from Liverpool, admitted stealing Mr Green's Honda.

He also admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice by giving his brother's name to police on four occasions when he was arrested, theft of a BMW, theft of £200 from Tescos, theft of £40 from Asda, driving while disqualified and theft of a cleaner from Cash Converters in Ipswich.

He was jailed for 21 months and banned from driving for two years.

Mr Sadd said that Chan had gone to the Tesco store at Copdock and the Asda store in Ipswich at night and had snatched money from the till.

On another occasion he had snatched a Dyson cleaner from the Cash Converters store in Ipswich.

Jude Durr, for Chan said his client was obsessed with cars and had a "raging addiction" for crack cocaine.

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