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Toothbrush DNA convicts hotel bill dodger

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A hotel guest who fled without paying his bill has been tracked down using DNA found on the toothbrush he left behind.

Trainee plasterer Stephen Evans, 29, checked into a £32-a-night guesthouse in his hometown of Llandudno, Wales under a false name and address in June, claiming to be "Paul Jones of Chester".

He told the receptionist that he would be staying for three nights, but left the hotel after two days without paying for his stay, the Daily Mail reports.

Police noticed the toothbrush in his room when they were called to investigate. They had it forensically tested and discovered a DNA match on the police database.

"He was arrested and said he was homeless at the time because his mother had kicked him out," prosecutor Julie Hughes told Llandudno Magistrates Court.

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"Scenes-of-crime officers seized a toothbrush and it came back with the defendant's DNA."

Evans admitted to the crime and was ordered to pay £64 compensation to the hotel owner and £60 costs.

He also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of theft after stealing a mobile phone worth £500 from a bar in nearby Prestatyn. He was given a curfew meaning he can't go out between 8pm and 8am for four months.

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