Jail not ruled out after metal worth thousands stolen

A 24-YEAR-OLD man has been warned he could be sent to prison after stealing more than £15,000 worth of copper cable from his employer.

Luke Dummer, of The Portlands, Eastbourne, appeared before the town’s magistrates on Friday morning (March 25) and pleaded guilty to stealing the cable from EDF Energy last year, between June 23 and November 30.

The court heard Dummer had gone to City Electrical Factors, where EDF gets materials, and used a false name to obtain the copper.

He was using the name of another EDF employee from Bristol after picking the name at random for the list of employees.

EDF noticed the copper wire transactions from the invoices they received and made further enquiries.

Staff from the energy company spoke to City Electrical Factors in Eastbourne and a description of Dummer was given.

When questioned, Dummer admitted taking the cable. He had been stripping the cable and then selling the copper.

A total of £15,385 worth of cable was stolen from EDF during the five month period.

Dummer was dismissed from EDF in December 2010 for gross misconduct.

When interviewed by police, Dummer said he had been burgled in April 2010 and wasn’t insured for the items he lost.

The court heard he stole the copper and used the cash he made, which he said was around £1,500, to pay off his debts.

Julien Mussi, defending, asked magistrates to consider a community sentence rather than custody.

But the bench ordered pre-sentence reports and kept all their options open, including the possibility of a prison sentence.

The case was adjourned for the preparation of reports and Dummer will reappear at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on April 1 to be sentenced.

He was granted unconditional bail.