Heroin addict attempted to break into chemist

A HEROIN addict who attempted to break into a chemist in Kirton claimed he was ‘out of his mind’ on drugs when he tried to commit the crime.

Jonathan Burton, of Dennis Estate, Kirton, was seen on CCTV to drive up to Kirton Medical Centre and try to break into the pharmacy on August 24, Boston Magistrates’ Court was told on Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty to attempted burglary, along with a catalogue of other offences, when he stood before the bench.

Magistrates heard that Burton, 31, had been caught out after he was spotted leaving Asda on September 4 with a selection of goods he had not paid for. When he was searched by police they found him to be in possession of diamorphine, and a Peugeot key. He was then taken to his car by officers and it was discovered that he had taken the vehicle without asking, and was not insured to drive it, Marie Stace, prosecuting, said. It was later discovered that his driving licence had expired, she added.

Police found two wraps of M-Cat in the front passenger door of the Peugeot, Ms Stace said.

CCTV showed that the same car had been involved in the attempted burglary at the chemist.

The court was asked to take the theft from Asda, possession of M-Cat and a shed burglary from another date into account during sentencing.

He admitted possessing a controlled drug of class A, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance.

Defending, Sacha Waxman said Burton had an historic problem with drugs which had influenced these incidents, adding: “He has had periods of absence from drugs when he has been clean, but when his lifestyle has been at a low point he finds himself in relapse.”

Magistrates requested a probation report before sentencing.