A TEENAGER criticised for his run-away stupidity was told his actions had cost him ‘‘an awful lot of money.’’
Shane Richard Nelson, 18, appeared before Harrogate magistrates and pleaded guilty to making off without paying for a £10.65 taxi fare.
Prosecutor Kathryn Reeve said Nelson, of Avenue Street, Harrogate, had boarded a cab in Cambridge Road at 2.10am on March 4 and asked to be taken to The Avenue, in Starbeck.
Once there he got out of the taxi and ran off.
Miss Reeve said the offence brought Nelson before an adult court for the first time. His last conviction – for theft – had been at Harrogate Youth Court in July 2010 and his record showed prior matters of dishonesty.
Nelson, who was not legally represented, told court chairman Susan Robinson he expected the cabbie would have been ‘‘gutted’’ by his behaviour which had come after he had been drinking.
He had run off when he realised he did not have enough money to pay the fare.
Ordering a fine of £30 with costs of £85, a £15 victim surcharge and £10.65 compensation Mrs Robinson told Nelson: ‘‘This was a really stupid thing to do and it has cost you an awful lot of money.’’
The court case took place on Thursday, March 29.