SCAtoday.net recently reported on the conviction of Raymond Tebble, but we have now been informed that he appealed the conviction and won the appeal. Mr. Tebble wrote:
On the 16th of December 2004, I appeared at Leicester Crown Court, convicted of [being] equipped for theft because I had with me an item which could be [but was not] used for theft. And consequently, I won my appeal and received a UK£250 fine — a case of the wrong place at the wrong time.
According to published reports, the fine was originally much higher (approximately UK£800 equivalent, due to confiscation of Tebble's metal detector) but was reduced, and the jail sentence lifted, in the appeal hearing.
Editor's note: This article was originally contributed by user innocent, but has been edited by Justin to add more information. The portion in block quotation was the original contribution, with very slight editing. SCAtoday.net has no way of definitively verifying the identity of the contributor, but we believe that he is who he claims to be.