A HOTEL porter who stole a guest’s laptop from Peckforton Castle has appeared before magistrates.

Carl Richard Evans, 23, took the £800 Dell laptop on Sept- ember 23 last year.

Five days earlier, the victim Kevin Wyke left the PC behind after a conference at the castle with his then employer, NHS North West.

Mr Wyke immediately rang the hotel and the computer was located but when he returned he was told it was no longer there.

Police then traced the comp- uter’s IP address to the house Evans shares with his grand- parents in Upton, Chester.

At Chester Magistrates Court last Wednesday District Judge Nicholas Sanders ordered Evans to pay £43 costs and handed him a 12 month community order.