Drug taker handed weekend curfew after stealing bike to fund habit

Court news.
Court news.

A man who uses drugs to combat mental health issues has been given a weekend curfew after stealing a bike to fund his habit.

Paul Hazzard, 35, of Shaw Road, pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, told the court Hazzard stole the bike from outside Curtis bakery in the town at about lunchtime on September 19, before ‘immediately’ taking it to Cash Generator and selling it for £40.

Mr Wood said a witness alerted the bike’s owner and the pair went to the police.

The bike was then traced to Cash Generator, where it was recovered and staff were able to confirm who had brought it to them, he added.

Mr Wood said Hazzard told police he had stolen the bike in a ‘moment of madness’ to fund a drug habit.

The theft put him in breach of a conditional discharge for an offence of common assault in July, the court was told.

In mitigation, Phillipa Chatterton said her client has mental health difficulties, experiencing what she called ‘manic episodes’.

He is pursuing help through his GP but while he waits to see a psychiatrist he has ‘self-medicated’ by using cannabis and legal highs, she said.

The offence was committed during such a ‘manic episode’, she said.

Magistrates removed the conditional discharge and made Hazzard the subject of a six-week curfew for the theft and assault.

He must remain at his home address between 10am and 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

He also has to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £40 in compensation to Cash Generator.