Hearse joyrider had meat cleaver down trousers
A youth who went on a wrecking spree by joyriding in two funeral
cars has landed himself behind bars for 15 months - after
being caught with a meat cleaver down his trousers.
Thomas Nichols, 20, was serving two suspended sentences after
two break-ins at Medway Funeral Directors, in Walderslade Road,
Chatham, when he was found with the weapon.
Maidstone Crown Court heard police were patrolling an area of
Gillingham that had suffered a spate of thefts from cars and
burglaries when Nichols and an accomplice were stopped at 4am on
Tom Dunn, prosecuting, said a piece of plastic cut from a shower
gel bottle, which can be used to force door locks, was found on his
Officers then went to search Nichols. "He produced a meat
cleaver from the front of his jogging bottoms, saying: 'You'd
better have this.'," added Mr Dunn. "He said he was taking it home
after using it to cut up some meat."
Nichols, of no fixed address, denied going equipped for theft
but admitted possession of a bladed article.
His accomplice also denied going equipped for theft, but was
convicted by a jury and locked up for six months.
For the full story, see Friday's Medway Messenger.
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