Thief who stashed Alastair Campbell’s bike at Gospel Oak home walks free from court
- Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images
A man who kept thousands of pounds worth of stolen goods - including a bike belonging to former Downing Street spindoctor Alastair Campbell - in a Kentish Town “Aladdin’s cave” has walked free from court.
Alexander McWilliams stashed stolen goods at his home, including a road bike worth £2,500 belonging to keen cyclist Alastair Campbell, taken from his house in Gospel Oak in 2011.
He was jailed for nine months for three counts of handling stolen goods, including a bike belonging to police, as well as possessing ammunition without a firearms license. He was also given three months for possessing a controlled class A drug with intent to supply.
McWilliams, 37, of Lissenden Gardens, Gospel Oak, walked free from Blackfriars Crown Court because he had already served more than 12 months through observing a tagged curfew.
Judge Peter Murphy said he “hoped Mr Campbell would get his bike back”.
You may also want to watch:
He added: “[McWilliams] had something like an Aladdin’s cave. This case has gone on for a considerable amount of time. “If the crime had been more organised and professional, the outcome might have been very different.”
McWilliams was also ordered to pay £2,910 in compensation.
- 1 Camden's Levertons to arrange the funeral of Prince Philip on April 17
- 2 Primrose Hill to close at night this weekend after antisocial behaviour
- 3 The questions council 'must answer' after spending £23m on £10m office
- 4 Calls for law change after Highgate School sexual abuse allegations
- 5 Hampstead, Highgate and Primrose Hill beer gardens reopening on April 12
- 6 Prince Philip remembered in pictures: London Zoo visits and trips to the theatre
- 7 This destruction of a woodland site must be halted
- 8 How a 'terrifying' Hampstead spree of robberies was brought to an end
- 9 Revealed: How council paid £23m for an office block valued at £10m
- 10 Camden men jailed for rape of teenager targeted by Tube station