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By Humphrey Carter FIVE Britons have been sentenced to over 11 years in jail by a Palma High Court judge. The five Britons, three men and two women, were sentenced for a spate of robberies carried out during the last summer month of 2003 in various locations in Calvia.


33 -year-old John Paul Stoddart was sentenced to three-and-a-half years for having apparently carried out 11 robberies in Magalluf, Palmanova, Santa Ponsa, Portals Nous, Son Caliu, Torrenova and Bendinat between August and October two years ago.

COMPENSATION
He is alleged to have stolen over 30'000 euros worth of goods and has also been ordered to pay his victims compensation.
Another 33-year-old male, Adam Campbell, was handed down a two-and-a-half year sentence for having apparently assisted Stoddart in two of his 11 robberies.

The two women, Charlotte Elizabeth Fitzjohn and Hanine Hindle, both aged 22, accepted a sentence of three years each for drug trafficking plus one year three months for handling stolen goods.

It appears that the two young women would either exchange the goods stolen by Stoddart and Campbell for drugs or sell them on.
The fifth Briton is 47-year-old Michael Edmund Dickens who was handed a one-and-a-half year sentence for handling stolen goods and a six month sentence for illegal possession of a weapon.

When arrested by the police, he was apparently found in the possession of a rifle and various stolen items.

PROSECUTION
None of the cases went to court as the five Britons' defence lawyers accepted the sentences recommended to the judge presiding over the case by the state prosecutors. Had they refused, a court case would have followed.