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Man admits stealing laptop at six-year-old boy’s funeral in Harlesden

PUBLISHED: 15:16 15 December 2015 | UPDATED: 16:57 15 December 2015

Pat and Norris Martin with their daughter Tashana-Rae, five, and a photo of their late son TJ, six (pic credit: PA/Jonathan Brady)

Pat and Norris Martin with their daughter Tashana-Rae, five, and a photo of their late son TJ, six (pic credit: PA/Jonathan Brady)

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A man has admitted stealing a laptop belonging to the parents of a six-year-old boy during his funeral at a church in Harlesden.

The laptop contained images of TJ Martin (pic credit: PA)The laptop contained images of TJ Martin (pic credit: PA)

Franklyn Mathurin, 47, carried out the theft inside the Pentecostal City Church in Scrub’s Lane, while Pat and Norris Martin were burying their son TJ at Kensal Green Cemetery on November 2.

The laptop had been used to project photographs of the boy during his funeral service at the church.

TJ who suffered from Candle Syndrome, died on October 12.

Yesterday at Harrow Crown Court Mathurin, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burglary and was remanded in custody for sentencing on January 12.

The stolen HP laptop with the serial number 8CG42003G6 has not been found.

Speaking to the Times today Mrs Martin renewed her appeal for information leading to the laptop’s whereabouts.

She said: “Please, if anyone knows where it is please return it.

“The photos might not mean much to you but they are all we have of our dear son TJ.”

Mr and Mrs Martin have set up a fundraising page in aid of four charities that helped TJ during his short life.

To make a donation visit here.

Anyone with information on its whereabouts is asked to call Hammersmith and Fulham CID on 020 8246 2505 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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