‘I want the jail’

Ad­dict’s plea to po­lice af­ter shop blitz

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A herion ad­dict begged po­lice to take him back to prison af­ter he caused thou­sands of pounds worth of dam­age to a shop so he could get help to kick his drugs habit.

Thomas Tal­ent, of Helms­dale Court in Cam­bus­lang, was ar­rested af­ter throw­ing bricks at the door of the Nike Store in East Kil­bride’s Kings­gate Re­tail Park. When he was later ap­pre­hended by po­lice, he shouted: “F**ing jail me, I want the jail.”

At Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 21, Tal­ent’s lawyer said he had a his­tory of drug use.

He had been re­leased from jail just a few days be­fore the of­fence and bumped into an old friend who had rein­tro­duced him to herion.

The 26-year-old, who has sev­eral pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, wanted to go back to jail to get back on an ad­dic­tion pro­gramme.

His lawyer said he had pre­vi­ously been on a sim­i­lar pro­gramme and thought it was help­ing. The court heard that the in­ci­dent hap­pened around 12.30am on Satur­day, July 16. Tal­ent is be­lieved to have caused £20,000 worth of dam­age.

While be­ing held in cus­tody on re­mand, Tal­ent missed his sis­ter’s wed­ding, the court heard.

The ac­cused ad­mit­ted a charge of ma­li­cious dam­age. He was also charged with a breach of the peace and the mis­use of drugs but had his not guilty pleas ac­cepted by the Crown. He was jailed for 24 months, which will run from July 19 when he was first re­manded in cus­tody.

Back in trou­ble Tal­ent had only been out of prison for a few days

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