‘I want the jail’
Addict’s plea to police after shop blitz
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