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Second chance for heroin addict

PUBLISHED: 21:18 28 January 2002 | UPDATED: 15:24 03 March 2010

A HEROIN addict who stole property worth £22,000 in three burglaries was today given a chance to kick his drug habit.

A judge at Ipswich Crown Court told 33 year old Irvin Teggart that the usual sentence for the three burglaries would have been a three year jail term.

A HEROIN addict who stole property worth £22,000 in three burglaries was today given a chance to kick his drug habit.

A judge at Ipswich Crown Court told 33 year old Irvin Teggart that the usual sentence for the three burglaries would have been a three year jail term.

However, because Teggart said he was determined to kick his drug habit, he would pass an 18 month Drug Treatment and Testing Order which would enable him to receive the help he needed.

Judge John Devaux told Teggart that if he breached the order, which included twice weekly urine tests and daily meetings with his probation officer, he would be brought back before the court and re-sentenced.

Teggart, of Estuary Road, Colchester, was appearing before the court for sentence for three offences of burglary which he admitted.

Jude Durr, prosecuting, said the first burglary happened at Pear Tree House at Higham, near the Suffolk-Essex border. Property worth £10,000 had been stolen.

The second burglary happened at a house in Langham, near Colchester, when property worth £7,680 was stolen and the third burglary was at Chapel Cottage, Sudbury Road, Newton Green when property worth £5,321 was stolen.

Andrew Jackson, for Teggart, said the offences had been committed by Teggart to get money to buy heroin.

After his arrest Teggart had made admissions to the police about the burglaries at Langham and Newton Green.

Mr Jackson said Teggart was determined to kick his drug habit and stay out of trouble.

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