Heroin ad­dict thief ‘needs help’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

A heroin ad­dict stole £50 worth of meat from a su­per­mar­ket af­ter a re­lapse, a court was told.

Sean Charles, of Cleves Way, South Ash­ford, was ac­cused of en­ter­ing the Co-op store in Brook­field Court on Wed­nes­day, May 31, this year.

The 30-year-old fa­ther of two ad­mit­ted the theft when he ap­peared be­fore Folke­stone mag­is­trates last week.

He also ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing heroin and am­phet­a­mine at his ad­dress af­ter he was stopped by po­lice of­fi­cers a few days later.

Prose­cu­tor Neil Sweeney said Charles in­stantly told the po­lice he had drugs stashed in his room. The of­fi­cers en­tered the house and found four wraps of heroin and three of am­phet­a­mine – that Charles had be­lieved was co­caine – in his room.

He had pre­vi­ously been con­victed for drugs of­fences in 2013, but a pro­ba­tion re­port said Charles had man­aged to stay clean for nearly four years af­ter the con­vic­tion.

Gor­don Crowe, de­fend­ing, said: “Un­for­tu­nately this is a man who has been blighted by drug abuse and ad­dic­tion. He stole some meat in or­der to sell it and sold it for £10.

“It was a des­per­ate act from a des­per­ate type of per­son. He is some­one in need of help.”

Mag­is­trates or­dered Charles to re­pay £50 to the Co-op in com­pen­sa­tion and told him he must com­plete a six-month drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion course un­der a com­mu­nity or­der.

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