Two local men will be sentenced at Crown Court after stealing money from a blind busker on Bangor High Street.
Chris Chadwick, 23, was playing his guitar and singing outside the W H Smith store on the High Street, with his guide dog by his side, when the money was stolen from his guitar case.
A video of the incident, taken by a passer-by, was handed to the police and two men were later arrested.
Gary Williams, 51, of Love Lane, Bangor, had denied theft but was found guilty by Caernarfon magistrates. Alan Fothergill, 43, of Plas Mabon, Bangor, had already pleaded guilty to the theft.
Williams pleaded guilty to a public order offence, having sworn at a police officer when arrested and having arrived late to court. He was fined £110 and costs for these offences.
Magistrates have now sent the case to crown court, saying their sentencing powers for the theft were “insufficient” – they described the theft as “a despicable act on a vulnerable person”.
In a victim statement Mr Chadwick said he no longer felt safe to busk outside anymore. Both men will be sentenced at Caernarfon Crown Court at later dates.
Following the incident a ‘Just-Giving Page’ was set up and raised over £1,500. Mr Chadwick, who lost his sight when he was 15, said he was “humbled” by the community response, adding: “I can’t even begin to thank the community and the people, who I barely know, for coming forward with their support and their words of encouragement as well.”