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Keyboard theft case dismissed

magisMAGISTRATES have dismissed a case of theft of a computer keyboard against a Fishguard man after they could not prove the case. Peter Bromley, aged 39, of West Street, appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for his trial after he had pleaded not guilty to the charge on July 8. A second charge of fraud, to which he had also pleaded not guilty, was dropped by the prosecution. Prosecuting, Dennis Davies said: “Bromley had been recommended to a Mr Glastonbury to help him dispose of items from a number of sheds at a property, and in one of those sheds was a keyboard.

“Mr Glastonbury used to rent his property from where the alleged theft occurred, but in April of this year he moved out. “The keyboard was taken but was recovered from Bromley’s property, who told the police he was given the keyboard. “Mr Glastonbury said he had given him permission to take some items but not the keyboard itself.” Mr Glastonbury then gave evidence, saying: “I was looking for someone to give me assistance with painting and gardening jobs and I would pay him a daily rate for helping.

“There are a number of sheds at the property, and in one of them was a computer keyboard which I put there when I upgraded to a wireless keyboard. I put it in the shed with the intention to sell it at a future car boot sale. “I wrapped the keyboard in bubble wrap and put it in a plastic bag to keep the damp off of it. “I told him he could get rid of the scrap metal and I also gave him paint brushes and rollers, which I said he could have with my compliments.”

Defending, Mark Layton suggested the keyboard was given to Bromley when he gave him the paint brushes and rollers, but Mr Glastonbury told the court that he gave him the paint brushes and rollers on a separate day and that the keyboard was not part of that. Bromley then also gave evidence saying: “He gave me the keyboard, paint brushes and rollers. The keyboard was wrapped in a bag on top of the box with all the paint.

“We were emptying the shed and I noticed the keyboard and said ‘I need a new one for my computer, is there any chance I could have this keyboard?’, and Mr Glastonbury said yes.” Bromley continued: “All he was doing was getting rid of old stuff, he was with me when I sorted the shed out. I took it home and set it up with my computer. Police then came round the next day saying that the keyboard was on a list of things that had gone missing”.

Summing up the case, Mark Layton told the magistrates that there were a significant number of doubts in the case and that they should rule in favour of the defendant. The Magistrates returned after a short time to tell the court that they could not prove the case beyond reasonable doubt and the case was dismissed.