A FORMER Chester University student who used a stolen mobile phone to rack up £80 of calls to an adult chat line has been fined.
Christopher Taylor, 22, of Hoole Lane, Chester, admitted several thefts at Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston Magistrates Court.
He pleaded guilty to taking a mobile phone, a digital camera, a black leather purse with £100 cash and two debit cards from two students – Kathryn Barker and Georgina Coombs – in a flat in Church College Lane on May 6.
Taylor used the phone to rack up an £80 phone bill on adult chat lines and visited various websites.
Taylor, who was drunk at the time, said he realised what he had done after he woke up hours later.
He later returned all the items and called police.
The defence said it was a drunken prank which went wrong and said the experience ruined his life.
But District Judge Nicholas Sanders said he was not persuaded it was a prank.
Taylor was fined £100 for each of the offences and must pay £90 compensation plus £150 costs.