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.


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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.

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