Mendlesham man sentenced for theft of hundreds of computers

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A man from Mendlesham involved in the theft and disposal of hundreds of computers from a hospital has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Graham Sherlock, 62, of Mendlesham Green, had pleaded guilty to theft of computer equipment valued at £17,500 and converting stolen computer equipment into money. On Wednesday, Sherlock and three other men were sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court.

The court heard how Sherlock had worked in the IT department at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, responsible for equipment that was to be scrapped or recycled. He was arrested when it was discovered that he had kept items and sold them on eBay after carrying out repairs. Prosecuting, Simon Gladwell said the thefts, also carried out by a second defendant Andrew Leacock, were uncovered during an audit. Fifty-two laptops, 378 desktop computers and 70 iPads were taken from Ipswich Hospital between 2011 and 2013. The stolen goods were valued at £188,000.

Sherlock was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid community work. Mr Recorder Evans told Sherlock that he would have to hand over £17,500 to the court, representing the amount by which he benefited from his crimes. Of that, £6,910 will compensate the hospital.

Shane Dawson, 33, of Surbiton Road, Ipswich received 18 months imprisonment suspended for one year with £250 hours community work; Andrew Leacock, 50, of Diamond Close, Ipswich was jailed for three years and three months and Philip Goldsmith, 44, of Tuddenham Avenue, Ipswich received 14 months, suspended for 12 months with 250 hours work.