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Guilt caused rioter’s confession

December 09 2011
Rough sleeper hands himself in...


A rough sleeper in Birmingham was jailed at the end of October, having turned himself in to police for looting during the riots.

Twenty-nine-year-old Lee Battenbough got 14 months, having pleaded guilty to looting from a Richer Sounds store during the unrest. However, this case at Birmingham Crown Court was unusual in that Battenbough had gone to the police on 29 September to confess his crime. The judge in the case made it clear that without Battenbough’s confession it was very unlikely that he would have been caught or subsequently prosecuted. Battenbough stole audio equipment, which he then sold for £30.