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Is this the daftest bike thief excuse ever? "I lend out my shoes" says man with 41 convictions

Defence lawyer says thief "didn't like committing burglaries"...

Bike thieves aren't usually the brightest bulbs in the shop, but the excuse presented by a thief in Oxford has to rank as one of the most ludicrous ever.

Alex Walker, 33, initially explained the presence of footprints matching his shoes at the scene of a burglary by telling police he sometimes lent his shoes to friends.

Pete Hughes of the Oxford Mail reports that Walker eventually admitted stealing a racing bike, MacBook computer and jewellery worth a total of just under £4,000 from a home in Oxford in October last year.

Despite saying that he “did not like committing burglaries”, he was sentenced to three-and-a-half-years in prison.

Naomi Perry, prosecuting, said the homeowner had returned from holiday to find her window smashed in and the valuables gone.

Walker’s DNA was found in a blood smear at the scene.

Defending Walker, Lucy Tapper said her client was dealing with drug problems, and told the court: “He said he didn’t like doing burglaries and felt bad about doing them.”

Judge Zoe Smith reminded Walker he had 41 pervious convictions.

She told him: “You are a prolific burglar.”

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Sub5orange | 9 years ago

Cannot fail British Law when it comes to property, killing on the roads of course is another matter.....

TeamExtreme | 9 years ago

So much for rehabilitation.

Das replied to TeamExtreme | 9 years ago
TeamExtreme wrote:

So much for rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation only works if the person trying to be rehabilitated wants to be rehabilitated in the first place, clearly this waste of good air does not. The best way to deal with the likes of this erse is just to keep doubling his sentence every times he is caught. Keep the community safe by locking up repeat offenders longer, I say.

bikecellar | 9 years ago

pervious convictions.  21

Skynet | 9 years ago

41 previous convictions, obviously felt worse about being caught, yet again.

StraelGuy | 9 years ago

Grind the f*cker up and use him for fertiliser, pikey scum  14 .

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