Devon

Exeter drug user Sam Harlow stole newborn nephew's cash

A man stole from his newborn nephew to buy drugs, a court has heard

Sam Harlow, 20, of Nursery Road, Exeter, Devon, was invited to a party to "wet the baby's head" in July.

Relatives and friends collected £110 for Alfie who had been born earlier that day, but Harlow later returned to his sister's house and stole the cash.

He admitted burglary, theft and possession of cannabis, at Exeter Crown Court, and was jailed for eight months, suspended for two years.

Describing Harlow's actions as "particularly mean", Judge Francis Gilbert QC, also ordered him to carry out 150 of unpaid work and undertake a drug rehabilitation programme.

The court was told cannabis user Harlow spent the money on drugs and has since been disowned by his family.

Judge Gilbert told Harlow: "This was a particularly mean offence committed to fund your drugs habit.

"You had been at the house earlier and no doubt they gave you some refreshment but at the same time you saw this money which had been given to the newborn baby Alfie.

"You went away and came back in the middle of the night - that was a pretty mean and thoroughly disreputable thing to do."

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