Former murder accused jailed for charity tin thefts

David Lander caught on CCTV stealing a charity tin in a pub.
David Lander caught on CCTV stealing a charity tin in a pub.

A Motherwell man cleared of murder is back behind bars after stealing charity tins.

David Lander had only just been freed after spending nearly a year in jail awaiting trial when he swiped the tins from a pub and a takeaway in Aberdeen.

The 54-year-old was caught on CCTV and jailed for five months at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday when he admitted the thefts.

Lander, of Watson Street, Motherwell, was accused of murdering neighbour Gerry McGeough last Christmas, but a jury returned a not proven verdict after trial at the High Court in Glasgow last month.

He had only just been freed after that trial and had gone to visit family in Montrose when he got into trouble again.

The tins were estimated to contain about £160 in total. The money was being collected for children’s charities.

Lander’s lawyer said her client hasd been drinking and stole the tins because he had lost his bus ticket home.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Donald Ferguson told Lander: “This was a mean and despicable offence. It’s important that you are jailed immediately.”

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