Nelson man’s ‘obsession’ with motor bikes lands him in court

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A PROLIFIC criminal who “went for a spin” on a stolen £1,300 motorbike admitted a catalogue of offending when he was arrested.

Robert Tunesi, who had a long record and has served time behind bars, was said to be “obsessed” with motorcycles and took it round a local field after it was taken from its owner in September, Pennine magistrates heard.

Tunesi had not stolen the bike himself, but had been given it by someone else. When he was arrested over the offence, he owned up to a string of “similar” offences.

The defendant (36), of Scott Street, Nelson, admitted taking a vehicle without consent between September 1st and 2nd. He asked for seven offences to be considered. Tunesi, who is on benefits and is said to have mental health issues, was given an eight-week curfew between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., seven days a week. He must pay £85 costs.

Miss Parveen Akhtar (prosecuting) said the bike was taken from the owner’s drive. It was found at a house.

The ignition wiring had been cut, the registration plate removed and the engine number ground off. Forensic evidence matched Tunesi’s DNA profile and he was arrested. None of the property taken in the offences to be considered had been recovered. The defendant, who made admissions when he was arrested and questioned, had been sent to jail in June.

Mr Gareth Price, for Tunesi, said he wasn’t present when the bike was taken and was nothing to do with it being damaged.

He was obsessed with motorcycles and went for a spin on it, before returning it to the person who gave it to him.

Mr Price said the defendant was still subject to a community order. The solicitor added: “He is attending and co-operating with the order and engaging reasonably well.”