Decorator admits stealing 20 iPads from village school

The Express and Echo is reporting that a handyman has admitted stealing more than £5,000 worth of iPads while he was decorating a village school in South Devon…

Farese Dowrah stole 20 iPads from Ilsington Primary School, near Newton Abbot and gave one to his son as a birthday present…

Dowrah, aged 32, of Sherwell Lane, Torquay, admitted theft and handling when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court and Judge Erik Salomonsen adjourned his sentence for a probation report…

Mr Gordon Richings, prosecuting, said there is likely to be a claim for compensation from the insurers, who paid out for the loss of the 20 iPads, which were worth a total of £5,250 and were replaced in time for the new term.

Dowrah had been working as a handyman and decorator at Ilsington Primary School during the summer holidays and the iPads were stolen over a weekend when he was left unsupervised.

He gave one of the stolen tablets to his son as a birthday present but later claimed he had bought it from a man in Newton Abbot.

He gave another to a woman who is now his ex partner and who was due to give evidence that he told her it came from the school.

He changed his plea on the morning of his trial after last-minute consultations with his solicitor Mr Kevin Hopper.

Mr Hopper told the court Dowrah is in full time employment and living on his own at his home in Torquay. He asked the judge to adjourn for a pre sentence report…

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Although this is unusual in that the theft has been carried out by someone working in the school, reports of schools being targeted for iPad seem to be getting extremely common. If they are stored on the premises,  are schools doing enough to keep them secure and minimise the likelihood of them being stolen, and if they are taken home by students, is there a real danger of the children being targeted next? Should schools even go as far as creating the equivalent of the notices used by tradespeople saying “No tools kept in the van overnight”? Please let us know what you think in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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