Louth man sentenced after taking Lincolnshire County Council’s van

Court news EMN-150902-152845001
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A Louth man, who took a van from his workplace to drive to hospital to see his then partner’s child, has lost his job, a court has been told.

James Kenneth Bavin, 40, of Jubilee Crescent, admitted taking the van without the consent of the owner, Lincolnshire County Council, and to driving it without a full driving licence or insurance.

Magistrates at Skegness heard that at 8.30pm on August 23 last year, one of Bavin’s fellow employees discovered the van had been taken from the county council compound at Bolingbroke Road and while he was checking the CCTV images of the car park, Bavin returned driving the van.

Bavin, who only held a provisional driving licence, admitted taking the van as he said he needed to get to hospital to see his partner’s daughter but changed his mind after driving a short distance and returned the van.

Mitigating, Asad Aziz said that Bavin had unsuccessfully tried various taxi firms to get to the hospital and then took the wrong choice to go to his company’s compound, to which he had access, and take one of their vans.

Mr Aziz said Bavin only travelled a short way before he pulled up at a lay by because his conscience wasn’t clear, and he returned the vehicle.

He said he was suspended from his job for two months and then dismissed.

“For this rather foolish act, done with little consideration, he’s lost his secure job,” said Mr Aziz, “so he’s paid a heavy price already.”

Magistrates imposed an 18 month community order with supervision and a requirement to attend a thinking skills programme. His licence was endorsed with six penalty points and he was ordered to pay £85 in costs.