‘Recovering addict’ sent back behind bars for thefts

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A recovering drug addict who attempted to steal meat to pay for extra methadone has been sent back to prison for 18 weeks.

Christopher Thomas, 34, of Sherwood Avenue, Boston, appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to four counts of theft and a breach of a suspended sentence.

He also asked for another theft to be taken into consideration.

In defence of the meat theft, John Storer said Thomas had recently been released from prison on another matter and had been trying to give up his drug use.

He had been given a prescription for methadone but had requested one that was too low and so had attempted to steal the meat to pay for a top-up of the drug replacement from a friend.

The three other thefts included: £600 from Rainbow Landscaping, a £279 TV from Aldi and an iPad, mobile phone, handbag and cash from a gym club.

The iPad (minus cover), mobile phone and handbag were later returned.

Mr Storer said that police had been unable to charge Thomas previously partly because of issues with his paperwork.

The theft taken into consideration was of saucepans from Oldrids and Downtown.

Pointing to a string of previous convictions, Mr Storer said: “When he’s drug free he’s not offending, when he slips back that’s when he reoffends.

“Mr Thomas, has not got an enviable record but he says it’s getting to a point where he’s getting older and it’s not a life he wants to continue doing.”

Magistrates invoked Thomas’ 16-week suspended sentence and added two weeks to it. No order was made for compensation.