Ad­dict spared jail in ‘chance of a life­time’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A DRUG ad­dict who stole two hand­bags from a hair­dress­ing salon has walked free from court af­ter be­ing given the “chance of a life­time”.

An­thony Al­lan was told by the judge that he could send him to jail for a very long time.

“If I did that, no doubt you would come out and do ex­actly the same again,” he said.

Al­lan, of Steeds Lane, Kingsnorth, Ash­ford, was given a 51week prison sen­tence sus­pended for two years and a drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and su­per­vi­sion or­der.

Maid­stone Crown Court heard that the 28-year-old broke into the May­fair hair­dresser’s in Church Road, Willes­bor­ough, on Novem­ber 10, last year.

Laura Thompson was go­ing to the staff room when she saw Al­lan leav­ing by a fire es­cape with two bags, one of which was hers.

Jo Cope, pros­e­cut­ing, said that Al­lan fell over and dropped his mo­bile phone. He es­caped on a bike.

Po­lice ar­rived and had the phone in their pos­ses­sion when it rang. The caller asked for Ant. An of­fi­cer queried the name and the caller replied: “An­thony Al­lan.”

Bur­glary

Miss Cope said that Laura Thompson lost £90, but most of the prop­erty in the bags was re­cov­ered.

Al­lan at first de­nied be­ing re­spon­si­ble but later pleaded guilty to the of­fence.

He was on bail for an­other mat­ter when he com­mit­ted the bur­glary.

Judge Philip Stat­man de­scribed Al­lan as a drug ad­dict who com­mit­ted bur­glar­ies and sold the stolen prop­erty to sup­port his habit.

He told him: “This was a mean of­fence.

“You went into a place where you had no need to have been and stole items that were of con­sid­er­able con­se­quence to the losers.”

“I am ab­so­lutely sure the rea­son you did it was in or­der to get the next £10 bag to stick up your nose.”

Ad­dic­tion

The judge said that he was giv­ing Al­lan the chance of a life­time be­cause he wanted him to ad­dress his ad­dic­tion.

Al­lan, he said, would be sub­ject to drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for a year and su­per­vi­sion for 18 months.

He must re­turn to court ev­ery month for a private re­view.

“If you break the or­der by com­mit­ting other of­fences or do not com­ply, you will re­ceive a pe­riod of im­pris­on­ment,” said the judge.

He added: “I hope at the con­clu­sion of this you will have a much bet­ter life to look for­ward to, but the choice is yours.

“It is not a case of let­ting me down.

“I am try­ing to achieve a new way of life. Good luck. Don’t go back on the streets and use [drugs].”

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