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Judge tells Sawbridgeworth car thefts conspirator as she spares him prison: 'I hope you've grown up'

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A man involved in the theft of two Range Rovers, worth £83,000, from the Sawbridgeworth area has been placed under curfew.

At St Albans Crown Court on Thursday (Sept 9), Martin Peagram, 29, was also given a 16-month jail sentence, suspended for 20 months, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal.

The thefts happened in December 2018. Prosecutor David Ryan said the second car had a tracker fitted. The owner traced its location to a pub in Harlow, but when he arrived there was no sign of his car because the device had been removed.

Judge Caroline Wigin (51069524)
Judge Caroline Wigin (51069524)

However, police traced a Citroen that had been involved in the thefts to Woodford in Essex and found Peagram in the back seat. Bank cards and a driving licence belonging to one of the Range Rover owners were in the vehicle. Neither of the stolen cars has been recovered.

William Sneddon, defending Peagram, of Castle Street, Ongar, said that his client's role in the conspiracy was limited. He has committed no further offences since December 2018 and his partner is expecting their second child next month.

"He has now obtained trade in asphalting and works full time," said Mr Sneddon. "He was heavily smoking cannabis at the time, but is now clean of cannabis and has a stable income."

Judge Caroline Wigin told Peagram: "If you had been convicted after a trial you would have received an immediate sentence of custody of a considerable length.

"Everybody grows up some time. I hope this break in offending shows you have."

She said Peagram must attend 19 Thinking Skills sessions and abide by a three-month 7pm-7am curfew which will be temporarily lifted when his partner goes into labour. Peagram thanked the judge as he left court.

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