Saturday, March 3, 2012

Romanians who stole £50,000 church lead escape prison sentences ....Church left with the losses while we the tax Payer Pay their Legal Costs

When the parishioners of St Mary’s saw the state of their 13th century church after thieves tore lead worth £50,000 from the roof they tried to be forgiving.

But it seems even the most lenient-minded couldn’t match the mercy shown by magistrates – who let the culprits off with a 12-month community order.

Romanians Florin Stan, 24, Vergil Stan, 51, and Nicolae Birsan, 26, broke through the church’s main gates on two consecutive nights last month, helping themselves to a huge amount of lead.

Thanks to CCTV and the vigilance of the churchwarden and police, they were arrested the next day.

All admitted theft when they appeared before magistrates in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

As well as walking away with 12-month community orders, they were told to carry out 55 hours of unpaid work.

And after hearing that the trio, all from Birmingham, had ‘no means’, the magistrates made no order for them to contribute towards the prosecution costs.

The lead taken from the church of St Mary in Hinckley has not been recovered. Read More