Drug addict jailed

A FELIXSTOWE drug addict is in jail today after he beat up his mother, burgled a deceased couple's home and threatened a witness.Gavin Nock, 22, was jailed for a total of two and a half years after pleading guilty to a string of offences.

A FELIXSTOWE drug addict is in jail today after he beat up his mother, burgled a deceased couple's home and threatened a witness.

Gavin Nock, 22, was jailed for a total of two and a half years after pleading guilty to a string of offences.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting at Ipswich Crown Court, said Nock burgled a house in Langer Road for a video recorder on October 4 last year "violating" the feelings of a son who had moved back to the address to care for his elderly parents who recently died.

He said during the same night Nock smashed the Langer Road neighbour's glass patio door causing £150 of damage.

Nock showed the woman he lodged with a stolen video recorder, alcohol and a black jewellery box containing a silver pocket watch with 'Dad' inscribed on it.

The woman contacted the police and her friend, who became a police witness, was threatened by Nock.

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Mr Crimp said when Nock saw the woman he said: "You better not go to court or I will come and get you."

Nock also pleaded guilty to handling two stolen generators worth £180.

On March 18 Nock attacked his mother when she refused to give him extra medication he was taking for his drug addiction.

Mr Crimp said Nock pushed her onto a coffee table and then onto a hearth where she hit her head, causing bruising and scratches.

As well as pleading guilty to causing actual bodily harm, burglary, criminal damage, handling stolen goods and intimidating a witness, Nock also admitted two charges of shoplifting from Boots and criminal damage to his mother's window.

Joanne Eley, mitigating, said Nock, now living at Brinkley Road, Newmarket, had offended since the age of 14 to feed his drug habit. She said he started offending because he was abused as a child.

Judge Peter Thompson said the probation service had found Nock unsuitable for a drug treatment and testing order as he had said he intended to harm prison officers if he was jailed.

Nock said he did not want to go to prison as he was trying to stay off drugs and in prison there was generally drugs on offer on every landing.

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