Man jailed for theft from teenager

A STOWMARKET man who stole a pair of hair straighteners belonging to a schoolgirl and then pulled out a screwdriver when he was challenged by two of her friends has been jailed for five months.

A STOWMARKET man who stole a pair of hair straighteners belonging to a schoolgirl and then pulled out a screwdriver when he was challenged by two of her friends has been jailed for five months.

The schoolgirl bought the straighteners for £19.99 at the Argos store in Stowmarket but left them on a bench nearby, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Realising what she had done she returned to the bench and found 47-year-old Arthur Broadbent sitting next to her bag.

Two of her friends volunteered to approach Broadbent but when they spoke to him he stood up and walked towards them holding a screwdriver, said Christopher Paxton, prosecuting.

The two 17-year-old boys later told police they feared for their safety during the incident.

Broadbent, of Union Road, Stowmarket admitted theft and possessing an offensive weapon.

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Julia Furley for Broadbent said her client had been left severely disabled following a road accident in 1997.

He had suffered a smashed pelvis and had undergone two hip replacements, had the bones in his arm replaced and had a false eye.

She said he had been carrying a screwdriver because he had been doing some DIY at his flat earlier in the day.