Islington teen, Jade Clapham, awaiting sentencing for helping robber boyfriend hide in her bedroom cupboard

Spencer Duarte

Spencer Duarte - Credit: met

A teenager who helped her criminal boyfriend hide from police in her bedroom cupboard is waiting to be sentenced.

Jade Clapham

Jade Clapham - Credit: met

Spencer Duarte, 21, was jailed for four years today at Blackfriars Crown Court for using a stolen scooter to steal mobile phones and other valuables.

Duarte, of Dockerell Road, Stansted, was identified as a suspect through DNA tagging spray.

Following a manhunt he was found on February 5 in 18-year-old Jade Clapham’s home in Tiber Gardens, near Kings Cross.

He was arrested for stealing a motor vehicle but as he was being taken away by police, he claimed he was suffering intense abdominal pain and was taken to hospital.


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When he was discharged, he broke free and went on the run for two weeks until he was found at a friend’s house in Sturmer Way.

He was arrested for escaping from lawful police custody and charged with 11 other offences, including taking a motor vehicle; seven counts of theft, disqualified driving and driving with no insurance.

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He pleaded guilty and today he received four years disqualification from driving and a three year criminal behaviour order meaning he will not to be riding a two wheeled vehicle for three years and prevented from using a phone not registered to him.

Clapham pleaded guilty to assisting an offender on February 23 at the same court and will be sentenced in July.

Det Supt Lee Hill said: “This was a fantastic result, which has seen the perpetrator of audacious thefts and robberies using stolen scooters receive a lengthy time in jail.”

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