Search

West Hampstead police worker avoids jail for stealing court exhibits

15:42 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.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

15:00
Lord Dubs      Picture: Katie Collins/PA

Dozens of politicians, religious leaders, charity heads and cultural groups in Camden have signed a letter pleading with Home Secretary Amber Rudd to change her mind on settling child refugees in Britain.

Lara Casalotti

A year ago, Belsize Park student Lara Casalotti was in desperate need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

09:57
The crash in England's Lane                Picture: Francoise Lamouche

A car crashed and flipped over in Belsize Park last night.

Yesterday, 17:49
Nazanin with her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella

West Hampstead mum Nazanin has finally seen a specialist for her back and neck, who said that without urgent treatment she could run the risk of permanent impairment

Yesterday, 13:14
Gakleen Shahata

Police are increasingly concerned for the wellbeing of a deaf woman with learning difficulties after she went missing from a church in Golders Green.

Yesterday, 12:50
The new community centre designed by architects RCKa

The director of a community centre in Highgate Newtown is celebrating his services being saved - thanks to private

Yesterday, 11:37
The Magic Paintbrush will be performed at Jacksons Lane

A Highgate multi-arts venue has announced its spring season and it is bursting at the seams with shows for all the family.

Friday, February 17, 2017
Professor Emma Morris in her laboratory at the Royal Free. Photo: Anna Behrmann

Anna Behrmann speaks to Professor Emma Morris, part of a team of researchers who are genetically modifying patients’ immune cells to find tumours and kill them

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

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