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Bude's David Moore reaches his 173rd conviction - and still escapes jail

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

A MAN who had drunk three litres of whisky with a friend was found in a Bude street "wrapped around" a pedal cycle he had taken without permission, a court was told.

Gail Hawksley, for the prosecution, told Bodmin magistrates David Moore had woken up in hospital after being unconscious for ten hours and could remember nothing about the incident in November, although he accepted his guilt.

Moore also suffered injuries when he fell off the bike and displayed to the court a piece of bone which was protruding from his shoulder, saying he was due to have an operation to put it right.

Moore, aged 43, of Downs View, Bude, pleaded guilty to taking the bike when he appeared before the court in custody on Thursday and admitted that he was now in breach of a suspended sentence order imposed in March last year for dishonesty.

Police were called to West Fairholme Road at around 8pm on the night of November 17 and found an ambulance crew attending to Moore who was "wrapped around a pedal cycle after falling off", said Mrs Hawksley. He was taken to hospital.

Shortly afterwards the bike's owner, Sean Courtney, arrived on the scene and said the £400 bike had been taken from his car port without his consent.

Barry Hilliard, for the defence, urged the magistrates not to activate the suspended sentence, saying that Moore was a "partial success story". He had 172 previous convictions but this was his first breach of the suspended sentence and he was also doing OK on probation.

"This was a nonsense offence committed in a foolhardy way while he was under the influence of alcohol," said Mr Hilliard, who pointed out that Moore had since apologised to Mr Courtney on Facebook.

Chairman of the bench Simon Smeardon told Moore: "We hope you will continue on the right track."

He said the suspended sentence would not be activated but it would be extended by two months.

Taking account of the fact that he was still being treated for his injuries, the magistrates conditionally discharged Moore for 12 months for the cycle offence and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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