AN asylum seeker studying at Blackburn College was pressurised into stealing laptop computers by a man who offered to pay his fees, a court was told.

Blackburn magistrates heard Patson Chakauya used a fellow student’s identity swipe cards to access the library and the laptop safe.

But a diligent security officer used closed circuit TV footage to establish that Chakauya was responsible and not the genuine card holder.

Chakauya, 33, of Fawcett Close, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary at the Beacon Library and fraudulent use of the swipe card. He asked for three offences to be taken into consideration and was committed on bail to Preston Crown Court for sentence.

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