A man dubbed ‘Mad Dog’ who has a skull tattooed on his face has been spared jail for stealing metal worth thousands of pounds.
Deon Hulse, 29, who shot to notoriety when he appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show, said he stole the metal market stalls worth £3,500 to pay off a cannabis debt.
The father of two, who was called a ‘liar and a cheat’ by the television host, was discovered by police standing at the scene of the crime after his co-conspirators had fled.
Officers spotted several men trying to tie down pieces of metal to a Ford Transit near Brownhills Market, near Walsall in the West Midlands at 9.30pm on October 25 last year.
The men fled but officers arrested Mr Hulse, who was left standing beside the vehicle, Walsall Magistrates' Court was told.
Prosecuting, Jo Taylor, said: 'Upon inspection the frames were found to be market stalls. These were taken from Brownhills Market.
'CCTV showed the vehicle parked next to the storage facility. Each frame is worth £500.
'The defendant was taken to the police station and during interview made a full and frank admission.
'He said he helped load them up and believed they were stolen and planned to sell the metal to make money.'
Hulse, from Brownhills, admitted theft along with another charge of possession of cannabis with intent to supply after £280 worth of the drug was seized at his home on July 15 last year.
Deon Hulse appears to have had more tattoo work on his face since his appearance on the Jeremy Kyle show. Hulse's then girlfriend Catherine volunteered them for an episode called 'How could my boyfriend destroy his own face?'
Lie-detector: It emerged during the show that Hulse had apparently cheated on his partner. Jeremy Kyle told him: 'You are a liar and a cheat and you look ridiculous'
He claimed he was looking after it for a friend who was on holiday.
Hulse appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show when his then girlfriend Catherine volunteered the couple for an episode called ‘How could my boyfriend destroy his own face?’
Rick Genest (left), also known as Zombie Boy appeared alongside Lady Gaga (right) in her film clip. Like Mr Hulse, Mr Genest also has a skull tattooed to his face
After telling the audience he didn’t care what he looked like, Hulse then failed a lie detector test asking if he had slept with any other women - leading Jeremy Kyle to say: 'You are a liar and a cheat and you look ridiculous.'
Mitigating, Brij Chaudhry, said Hulse, who lives with his long-term partner, was pressured into helping steal the metal as recompense for getting his friend’s cannabis seized by police.
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'He has got involved with doing a favour for somebody that has spiralled out of control,' Mr Chaudhry said.
He was said to be close to his family and a positive influence on his autistic child.
Magistrates sentenced Hulse to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, for the theft and four weeks in custody, also suspended for 12 months, for the drug offence, to run concurrently.
Chairman of the bench Irene Gutteridge told Hulse: 'We consider that the theft of the metal of such high value does cross the custody threshold, especially because this offence was committed whilst on police bail.'
Hulse was also made subject to a supervision order and ordered to pay £85 court costs.
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