Thief who stole metal worth £60k must sell family home

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A father-of-two from Preston who stole metal worth more than £60,000 from his employers must pay for his crime – even if it means his family are left homeless.

Delivery driver, Matthew Parkinson, 41, of Church Walk, Ribbleton, worked for Bamber Bridge-based Henry Halstead Ltd – a manufacturer and distributor of auto parts.

Whilst the potential forced sale of the family home is of course a matter to be taken into account it is not to be taken as some kind of trump card in resisting a confiscation order

Lord Justice Davis

Parkinson and a colleague ‘abused the trust placed in them as employees’, Lord Justice Davis told London’s Criminal Appeal Court.

They stole brass parts worth £64,620 and sold them for scrap, the judge added.

He was jailed for 14 months at Preston Crown Court on January 21 last year after pleading guilty to theft.

At a hearing at the same court in November, Parkinson was stripped of the cash generated by his crime. He was found to have benefited to the tune of £39,330 and his realisable assets, worth £14,688, were confiscated.

That represented his share in the equity of his family home and was to be paid to the company as compensation.

Parkinson’s lawyers argued that the bill meant his family home would have to be sold, leaving his wife and two children without a roof over the heads.

But Lord Justice Davis, sitting with Mr Justice Supperstone and Judge Martyn Zeidman QC, said he could ‘see no error of law’ and the financial orders were ‘justified’.

“Whilst the potential forced sale of the family home is of course a matter to be taken into account it is not to be taken as some kind of trump card in resisting a confiscation order,” he said.

Parkinson’s appeal was dismissed by the three judges, sitting in London.