AN OPPORTUNIST thief stole from a nurse while he was receiving medical treatment in hospital.
Kevin Hurst, who is currently lodging at the Railway Road Project, Findlay Street, Leigh, admitted theft of a mobile phone worth £530, when he appeared at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.
Mark Andrews, prosecuting, said that on March 21, the 53-year-old entered the walk-in centre at Leigh Infirmary for the legitimate purpose of seeing a doctor and he was shown into a consultation rook by practice sister Catherine Rosbotham.
Ms Rosbotham then left for a few minutes, during which time her phone vibrated in her bag, which was left unattended in the room.
Mr Andrews said: “Temptation got the better of him and he took the phone.
“He finished his treatment and them left, with the intention to sell it.
“He tried to use the phone but as there was no network service he threw it into the pond in Abbey Lane.
“Ms Rosbotham does not have her phone and so has lost money out of her own pocket.”
Bob Toppin, defending, said: “He was an opportunist and not something he had planned.”
Hurst, who was the subject of a community order for shoplifting at the time of the offence, was given a conditional discharge of 12 months, and ordered to pay £250 compensation and a £15 victim surcharge.
The chairman of the magistrates said: “This was a nasty incident. You were in hospital and someone was looking after you. You took advantage of that.”