30 July 2012
Man Caught with Stolen Digger
A Luton man was jailed for 12 months on Monday 30
July, after being caught with a stolen mini digger and cherry
Mark Kiff when the police in Hertfordshire stopped a Polish
lorry containing stolen plant.
The officers were directed to a unit on a farm near Luton that
Kiff was renting and £24,000 of plant was recovered, St Albans
crown court heard.
Neil King, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The police
gained a search warrant and went to a farm unit at Whitehill Farm
belonging to the defendant on 4 December last year. The plant had
been stolen from sites in October and November."
Kiff, 29, of Blackthorn Drive, Luton pleaded guilty to money
laundering between 11 August and 5 December last year. He had been
due to stand trial but changed his plea to guilty.
Defence barrister Kieran Vaughan QC said Kiff did not know the
plant was stolen but believed it had been. He asked for sentence to
be adjourned so that Kiff could get his affairs in order.
But Judge Martyn Zeidman QC refused saying he did no want to
prolong Kiff's agony. He told him: "It must have been manifestly
obvious the goods were stolen."
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