Lifeguard jailed for looting
Aaron Mulholland, 30, a lifeguard from Southall who joined looters as they ransacked a phone shop in Camberwell during the riots, was jailed for 13 months on Thursday. As Mulholland was led from the dock, his relatives hurled abuse at the judge, yelling: ‘That’s what you get for having good character,’ and: ‘You get less for rape!’
Reports say Mulholland sobbed in the dock yesterday as a court was told he helped pillage a mobile phone shop in Camberwell. He had drunkenly followed looters into Fone World in Church Street, south London, after leaving a nearby pub in the early hours of August 9, the third day of the rioting across London.
Inner London Crown Court heard he was caught by police crawling out of the store, which suffered £25,000 of losses, beneath forced security shutters. Mulholland, who worked at Peckham Pulse health club and had no previous convictions, was empty handed when he left the shop.
The following morning, once sober, he apologised to police for any trouble he caused, and was said to be remorseful for letting his family down.
The court heard a series of family tragedies had led him to develop a drink problem.