Scunthorpe man has curfew tag period extended by court
A MAN has had his curfew tag extended for 16 weeks after the owner of a stolen bike he was using found it and demanded it back.
Ricky Bentley, 33, of Allenby Street, Scunthorpe, appeared before North Lincolnshire Magistrates' Court charged with handling stolen goods.
He pleaded guilty to having in his possession a Claud Butler mountain bike belonging to Matthew Parton.
The court heard that on January 19, Mr Parton saw his bicycle – which he thought he had lost – propped up against a tree outside McDonald's on Scunthorpe's High Street.
Prosecutor Debbie Gibson told the court Mr Parton confronted Bentley about the bike and was told he had owned it for around a year.
"Bentley became vocal towards him," said Miss Gibson. "He got off the bike and got hold of Mr Parton and a scuffle broke out.
"This gave Bentley's girlfriend the chance to ride off on the bike, but she fell off."
Police then arrived.
In mitigation, Simon Davies said: "The bike has been retrieved without any damage."
Bentley's existing 7pm to 7am curfew order was extended until May 27. He must pay £125 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.