Former drug addict's crimes unfold

ANGRY son Marc Dugdale kicked his mum's door in, and then returned two days later to steal his brother's video.The way the former drug addict and prisoner turned his latest crimes against his own family, unfolded at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court yesterday .

ANGRY son Marc Dugdale kicked his mum's door in – then returned two days later to steal his brother's video-recorder.

The way the former drug addict and prisoner turned his latest crimes against his own family, unfolded at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court yesterday.

The 25-year-old prisoner on licence, of no fixed abode, was charged with burglary with intent on May 18.

But that charge was withdrawn after he admitted criminal damage and theft on the same date.

Prosecutor David Taylor said: "Mrs Dugdale fell out with the defendant and there was an argument with the defendant over money. He left by kicking and punching the door, causing £300 worth of damage.

"Two days later, he stole his brother's video recorder from the house, worth £100."

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He asked for the burglary charge to be withdrawn, and added: "We are happy he didn't enter as a trespasser."

The court heard Dugdale had been jailed for four years for robbery in July 1999, and was released on licence in February.

Defending, Marc Brown said his client had suffered seriously with heroin addiction.

Mr Brown said: "When he was released on licence he quickly found himself back on heroin.

"Within a week of being on heroin, he was back in custody again. It has been a shock to him, he has now realised his problem, and been clear all week.

"He's spent most of his life in prison since the age of 15. He hasn't lived at home since he was 15.

"His mother is writing to him in prison this week, sending him money and telling him to keep out of trouble.

"He wants to come out of prison at the end of June and try to get a job – and stay off heroin.

"He's spent nearly three years in prison. This is a submission to your mercy."

The case was adjourned to June 17 for reports to be prepared.