28-year-old Manvir Singh Sahota from Manchester told a Kilmarnock court he was not intending to steal after he was arrested following a night out where he was dressed as Batman. Manvir Singh Sahota appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court where he denied the charge but was told by Sheriff Alastair Watson that his version of events was too “incredible” to be accepted by the courts.
Singh Sahota, from Princess Court, Cornbrook, Manchester was found guilty of being in the grounds of a Kilmarnock property on October 20 last year where it was inferred that he intended to commit theft. Mr Singh told the court he had been looking for his friend following a night out when residents spotted him outside their house, reports the Daily Record.
A couple, residents of Edradour Road in Kilmarnock, told the court how they were woken in the early hours of the morning to find Sahota crouched down beside their cars in the driveway.
One witness said: “I woke my partner. I got a fright. We both shouted from the window and at that point, the person turned around and ran away.”
The second witness, the woman’s partner, also told the court: “Our dog barked maybe three or four times and woke us up.
“My partner looked out the window and said there was a man crouched down at the door of the car.
“He was crouched at the rear driver’s side and made his way to the driver’s door.
“He tried the handle of the Toyota and we shouted out the window and that’s when he ran off.”
A police witness giving evidence told the court that when they arrived “there was a male standing out in the middle of the street who was identified as being the male responsible”.
He added: “When we spoke he said he was looking for his friends.”
Sahota was arrested and searched upon arrival at the police station and the police witness said: “Within his sock there was a number of dust caps (tyre valves) from cars.” The court heard how a total of 14 dust caps were recovered from Sahota’s left sock.
Taking to the stand himself, Sahota told the court he had been at a birthday party where he had been asked by a friend to dress as Batman. He told the court: “I have a really good Batman costume.”
After the party, Sahota got changed and the group headed for Bakers nightclub in Kilmarnock.
He then got in a taxi heading for an after-party at Dalwhinnie Gardens. He could not tell the court how he ended up in Edradour Gardens from the taxi but said he was looking for his friends. He denied any intention to steal from the driveways of the residents of the street.
Defending agent Graeme Cunningham told the court: “No matter how bizarre his version of events is, it’s true. “These residents have seen something which is not exactly as it seems.”
However, addressing Sahota, Sheriff Watson said: “If what you say is right the witnesses would have to be completely mistaken about you being crouched down by the cars and the curious evidence of you having 14 dust caps in your sock when you got to the police station.”
He said Sahota’s evidence was an “incredible story” but said the court relied on “credible stories.”
He added: “I prefer the evidence of the Crown witnesses and I do not accept your version of events and being true, reliable or honest.”
Sahota was found guilty and charged £400.