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Drugs man stole from friends

PUBLISHED: 02:25 28 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich man took a cocktail of drugs and alcohol before stealing from his friends while he was on bail.

David Ambrose, of Downside Close, was high on heroin and vodka and "did not know what he was doing" when he burgled his friends' home, a court was told.

AN Ipswich man took a cocktail of drugs and alcohol before stealing from his friends while he was on bail.

David Ambrose, of Downside Close, was high on heroin and vodka and "did not know what he was doing" when he burgled his friends' home, a court was told.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that the 29-year-old stole a television and stereo equipment while on bail for obtaining property by deception.

John Akast, prosecuting, said Ambrose was

arrested after police saw him pushing his Ford Orion car along Nacton Road.

Police discovered Ambrose was drunk and the stolen property was in his car. He refused to have a breath test and was taken to Ipswich police station to provide a specimen.

Hugh Vass, mitigating, said his client had had a drink problem for some time, but only started taking heroin after he broke up with the mother of his two young children. Mr Vass said Ambrose's friends had forgiven him. He added Ambrose had already served the equivalent of a ten-week prison sentence while on remand and was now drug free.

Judge John Devaux said although the property was recovered and Ambrose had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity he had to impose a prison sentence.

Ambrose was jailed for 12 months for burglary plus seven days for failing to surrender to custody and three months for obtaining property by deception, both to run concurrently. He was also fined £400 for failing to provide a specimen for police and banned from driving for three years.

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