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Squaddie sentenced for theft of striker's Porche

PUBLISHED: 11:34 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:19 25 August 2010

AN ARMY recruit escaped a jail term after taking a Premier League footballer s Porsche. Stuart Watson, 18, of Halcot Avenue, Bexleyheath, stole keys to a BMW, Land Rover and Porsche when he burgled the Harrogate home of German international and Stoke Cit

AN ARMY recruit escaped a jail term after taking a Premier League footballer's Porsche.

Stuart Watson, 18, of Halcot Avenue, Bexleyheath, stole keys to a BMW, Land Rover and Porsche when he burgled the Harrogate home of German international and Stoke City defender, Robert Huth, 25, who was on holiday.

Watson went absent without leave from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate and admitted taking the footballer's Porsche 997 GT2.

Robert Galley, prosecuting, said Watson, who also stole £7,000 of electrical goods and a jewellery belonging to Huth - then a Middlesbrough player - crashed the car and called a taxi.

The trainee squaddie's barrister, Christopher Smith, said: "He was not the brains behind the operation, he was the fall guy."

Watson admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance and burglary.

The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst sentenced Watson last Tuesday, to 12-months in a young offenders centre, suspended for two years.

He was given a two-year supervision order and was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work. He was disqualified from driving for three years.

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