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Cumbrian IT worker admits stealing computers from the NHS

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] MAN has admitted stealing computers and equipment worth thousands of pounds while employed by the National Health Service.

IT worker Matthew Binns, 29, entered a guilty plea to one offence when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today (FRI).

This related to the theft of computers and computing equipment belonging to the NHS during a period between January, 2015, and May this year.

The court heard Binns had accepted selling on some laptops that had been pinched, while other NHS computer equipment was found by police inside a garage.

The court heard there had not yet been an agreed value for the stolen goods. However, it was confirmed after the hearing it amounted to “thousands of pounds”.

Recorder Julie Clemitson adjourned the case, asking for the preparation of detailed background information on the defendant.

Binns, a man of previous good character, was told he would be sentenced at the crown court on January 12.

Recorder Clemitson granted bail to Binns, of The Promenade, Maryport. But she told him: “That is not any indication as to how you will be sentenced in due course. You mustn’t read anything into that.”

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