A TEENAGER who ran away after stealing more than £2,200 from a foster home in Herne Bay has been ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work. Kevin McMahon, 18, pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court last Thursday. The court heard that on January 10, McMahon took £2,240 from the foster home he was staying at in Station Road. Prosecuting, Neil Sweeney said:
“On January 9 foster carer Slamak Monajemisfahani had a large amount of money In a filing cabinet and the following morning noticed it was missing. It was money put aside for a holiday. The lock looked like it had been picked. The defendant goes missing and is reported as missing. He was found on a train and arrested.”
McMahon had gone to Northampton and spent the cash on clothes, food and drugs. The court heard that since the theft the cash had been repaid and McMahon was back living at Mr Monajemisfahani’s home. Chairman of the bench, Richard Henderson said:
“This is your last chance. It’s up to you to make the best of it.”
McMahon was given an 18-month community order and a six-month drug rehabilitation order. He must carry out 120 hours of unpaid work, and pay £85 court costs and £60 victim surcharge.
Herne Bay Times, April 3rd 2014