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Man who stole a father's laptop during child's funeral jailed for four and a half years

The laptop was being used by Norris Martin to show photos of his deceased six-year-old son TJ at his funeral when it was stolen.

F136-15Franklyn Franklyn Mathurin Source: Met Police

A MAN WHO stole a laptop from a funeral service of a young boy has been jailed for four and a half years.

47-year-old Franklyn Mathurin had previously pleaded guilty to one count of burglary at Harrow Crown Court in London.

The laptop Mathurin had stolen was being used to show photos of TJ Martin, a young boy who had died of a rare illness, during his funeral service at a church in Hammersmith on 2 November last year.

TJ was born with Candle syndrome, a rare disorder, and had spent much of his life in hospital.

When the service finished the mourners left the church to attend the burial ceremony.

Funeral laptop theft Pat and Norris Martin, with their five-year-old daughter Tashana-Rae, hold an image of their late son TJ Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

When they returned to the church, six-year-old TJ’s father Norris found that his HP laptop had been taken from the bag in which it was left.

Norris and his wife Pat had previously made an emotional appeal for the return of the laptop.

Mathurin was arrested and charged with burglary on 28 November last.

The laptop itself has never been recovered.

London’s Metropolitan Police have appealed for anyone who may have information regarding the stolen laptop to contact them.

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