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Man admits stealing laptop at funeral of boy of six

Norris and Pat Martin Image copyright PA
Image caption Norris (right) and Pat Martin sit either side of their daughter Tashana-Rae, 5.

A man has admitted stealing a laptop which had been used in the funeral service of a six-year-old boy who had died of a rare disease.

Franklyn Mathurin, 47, of no fixed address, appeared at Harrow Crown Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to burglary.

The laptop was used to show photographs of the boy at Pentecostal City Mission Church in north-west London.

The theft happened while the family was at the cemetery.

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Image caption TJ had a rare disease which affected his immune system

After the theft which happened in Willesden on 2 November, the family of Norris Tashan-Javan Martin, known as TJ, said the computer contained "all their memories".

Mathurin had posed as a mourner to gain access to the church, he was arrested on 28 November but the laptop has not been recovered.

Anyone with information about its whereabouts has been asked to contact Hammersmith and Fulham Police.

TJ had been very ill for his whole life with Candle Syndrome, a rare disease that affects the immune system.

The funeral congregation of more than 300 people included members of staff from the Great Ormond Street and Northwick Park hospitals, where he had been treated.

Mathurin will be sentenced on 12 January at Harrow Crown Court.

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