Thief woke to discover he'd stolen rabbit and guinea pig
A THIEF who stole a rabbit and guinea pig from their hutches in a woman's garden told police he did not know he had done it until he woke up the next morning to find the animals running round his flat.
Appearing before Truro magistrates Merlin Quinnan, aged 21, of Fore Street, Redruth, admitted the theft, stealing a mountain bike and four offences of criminal damage, to cars and a motorcycle. He asked for three other offences to be taken into account and also pleaded guilty to a second breach of a conditional discharge.
Gail Hawkley, for the prosecution, said damage to one of the cars had cost £483 to repair. Quinnan had been seen kicking it, and on another occasion scraped a Stanley knife blade down the side of a vehicle.
Paul Gallagher, his solicitor, spoke of his client's behaviour as being bizarre, saying there were elements of mental health problems and the effects of alcohol and drugs.
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He had been admitted to hospital a few days before, claiming to have taken an overdose of paracetamol but doctors could find no trace of it in his system.
Ms Hawkley told the magistrates that while in custody Quinnan had tried to harm himself in a police cell.
The case was adjourned to October 3 and Quinnan was bailed and made subject to a nightly curfew order.