King’s Lynn man jailed after ‘Good Samaritan’ theft

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Police have described a thief who snatched a man’s wallet after helping him up following a fall as “callous”.

Damien Chapman, 30, of Wisbech Road, South Lynn, is now set to spend the next 20 months behind bars after admitting the theft.

Norwich Crown Court was told that the victim, a man in his 50s, had been walking St Martin’s Road in the city on April 5 when he suffered a fall.

A man and a woman helped him up and walked with him back to his home in The Watering. However, when the victim got his wallet out, the man snatched it from him and ran off.

Although Chapman was sentenced to 16 weeks in jail during a hearing on Tuesday, he will now remain in custody until February 2016, as he had breached the terms of his licence by committing this offence. No action was taken against the woman.

PC David Block, who investigated the incident, said: “Chapman deliberately posed as a good Samaritan and targeted a vulnerable man.

“Crimes like this have the potential to seriously damage the confidence of innocent people. This sentencing will help protect others from a callous thief.”