Search

West Hampstead police worker avoids jail for stealing court exhibits

PUBLISHED: 15:42 14 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:59 14 May 2012

Southwark Crown Court

Southwark Crown Court

Archant

A West Hampstead police worker and his wife have escaped jail after selling iPods, mobile phones and SatNavs stolen from Scotland Yard, a court heard.

For three years Stephen Bowers, 56, grabbed the items - some of which were exhibits used in court cases - when he was working in the stores at Scotland Yard, Southwark Crown Court heard

His wife Elizabeth, 63, admitted she had handled the loot at their marital home in Agamemnon Road and more than £34,000 in cash was found during a raid of the couple’s home.

Police also recovered a hoard of mobiles and iPods worth £2,500.

The items would have been auctioned or disposed of had Bowers not smuggled them home.

He then sold or gave them to friends at a local pub.

Sarah Kerslake, representing Mr Bowers, said he had shown “genuine remorse” for the crime and written a personal letter to the judge.

Bowers, who received a certificate for long service from the Metropolitan Police in 1995, had been depressed at the time and since resigned, the court heard.

Ms Kerslake claimed the couple had not been living a “lavish” lifestyle on the proceeds and said many of the items had remained at the marital home for lengthy periods of time.

She said: “He finds himself before you, his life utterly in ruins. He accepts it is nobody’s fault except his own. He is remorseful his working life will end in this way.”

Judge David Higgins described the thefts as “utterly deplorable and deeply anti-social” but said there was a “tragic quality about the case”.

He added: “You Stephen Bowers stole the goods from the Metropolitan Police by whom you were employed, and in doing so you were in the grossest breach of trust.

“You Elizabeth handled the goods in that you allowed them to be kept in the marital home.

“If you choose to stoop to serious crime, I’m afraid you must accept the consequences.”

Bowers was given a six-month suspended sentence and his wife was sentenced to four months, also suspended for two years, at Southwark Crown Court on Friday (May 11).

Bowers was also ordered to carry out 220 hours community service and his wife was given 150 hours.

An estimated £15,000 proceeds were forfeited along with the stolen goods.

Mr Bowers admitted theft while his wife admitted handling stolen goods.

They denied possessing criminal property in December last year and that charge was left on the court file.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

21 minutes ago

Orthodox rabbis in St John’s Wood and Golder’s Green have called on their congregations to boycott Hampstead Jewish cultural centre JW3 in protest at the cultural centre’s promotion of ‘lifestyles and behaviours forbidden by the Torah’.

59 minutes ago

Police are appealing for help to find a missing Camden teen.

Friday, July 21, 2017

A devoted remain MP was quizzed this week by a young Brexiteer during a politics summer school.

Friday, July 21, 2017

In this week’s Ham&High we spoke to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels actor Vas Blackwood told us about his life, loves and respect for former Labour leader Michael Foot.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Plans to part-privatise council homes and business in a multimillion-pound deal were reapproved within 40 minutes last night amid cries of “shame” from the public.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A serial-fraudster will spend four years behind bars following a scam in which he posed as a jet-setting businessman dealing in fine wine and champagne.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Chalk Farm tube station will be closed this weekend as work begins on replacing the station’s two lifts.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

We spoke to Vicky Bingham about why she loves being headteacher of South Hampstead High School.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Navigating divorce or separation when there are children involved can be emotionally difficult and confusing for everyone involved. Here, Jessica Palmer of Streathers Solicitors in Hampstead, offers answers to commonly asked questions

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now