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Drug taking burglar jailed

PUBLISHED: 15:30 14 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich man who took a cocktail of drink and drugs before trying to burgle a house has been jailed today.

Paul Hammond, 30, of London Road, pleaded guilty to attempting to burgle in Haverhill on July 8.

AN Ipswich man who took a cocktail of drink and drugs before trying to burgle a house has been jailed today.

Paul Hammond, 30, of London Road, pleaded guilty to attempting to burgle in Haverhill on July 8.

Hammond, a timber frame factory worker, had been on a drinking binge for ten hours, had taken two ecstasy tablets and snorted two lines of cocaine before committing the offence, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Robert Sadd, prosecuting, said: "The householder had returned home and detained Hammond until police arrived."

Lindsay Cox, mitigating said Hammond had a record of previous convictions, all alcohol related, but had never yet been jailed. He said Hammond had stopped taking drugs since his arrest.

Hammond's employer of 18 months, William Shakespeare, gave evidence in the court. He said Hammond was a "well liked, very dependable employee".

Judge John Holt said despite Hammond having "a good side" dwelling house burglaries are serious offences. He sent Hammond to prison for ten months.


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