Junkie given chance to break habit
A JUNKIE has been given a chance to break his habit, after admitting a string of offences.Michael Vincent is to be assessed for a drug treatment and testing order before he is sentenced this month.
A JUNKIE has been given a chance to break his habit, after admitting a string of offences.
Michael Vincent is to be assessed for a drug treatment and testing order before he is sentenced this month.
Prosecutor Gareth Davies said the 31-year-old of Lower Farm Road, Ringshall, was spotted with another kicking in a door at Spirit Communications in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe.
He left with £1,600 of mobile phones and related equipment but was rumbled after he left blood at the scene.
Mr Davies said the DNA from the blood was identified as Vincent's, and admitted burglary.
He appeared before magistrates in Ipswich where he also admitted handling stolen goods after £1,300 worth of power tools was stolen from a van parked in Birkfield Drive, Ipswich.
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The court heard the goods were sold on to him.
Nicky Edgar, mitigating said: "They were second hand tools and they were offered to him at a price and he jumped at it."
He also pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified, obstructing a police officer in the execution of their duty after giving them a false name, and shoplifting from Homebase.
Ms Edgar told the court as a 16-year-old Vincent went off the rails as a form of "attention seeking" and got into bad company.
"He ended up in prison in 1996. He was 24 and developed a drug habit involving heroin and crack cocaine."
He eventually married and became a qualified electrician, but his "whole world fell apart" after his relationship broke down.
Magistrates were told Vincent's life had taken a turn for the better as he is now in contact with his children.
He granted conditional bail to return to the Ipswich court for sentence at a date to be specified with all options open, including a drug treatment and testing order.