Drug addict given final chance by judge

Drug addict given final chance by judge

Drug addict given final chance by judge

First published in News

A HEROIN addict has been given one last chance after he was caught stealing a prawn paella from a Basingstoke supermarket.

Michael Martin was stopped by security guards as he tried to leave without paying for the ready meal at Sainsbury’s supermarket in The Malls on November 15 last year.

The offence came two weeks after the 40-year-old received a suspended sentence for allowing his flat to be used in the supply of heroin.

Martin, of Winklebury Way, Winklebury, Basingstoke, pleaded guilty to theft and the breach of a suspended sentence, and was in the dock at Winchester Crown Court for sentence.

Richard Tutt, prosecuting, said officers raided his flat on the afternoon of September 11 last year.

He said: “The door was forced and inside the flat were this defendant and another man.

“Found on a table was a deal list, a small knife, a BB gun and electronic scales. Behind the sofa was a carrier bag with 150 wraps of heroin, with an estimated street value of £3,160.”

Mr Tutt added that Martin had allowed the other man to use his flat in exchange for three wraps of heroin a day.

The court heard Martin was sentenced on November 1 to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. But two weeks later, Martin was arrested for the shoplifting offence at Sainsbury’s.

Robert Bolton, defending, said Martin stole the ready meal because he was hungry, having had his jobseeker’s allowance cut to £30 a week for poor attendance.

Judge Michael Vere-Hodge gave Martin a conditional discharge for the theft, and marked the breach of a suspended sentence with a £10 fine.

He told him: “I think you must treat this as your last chance.

“The shoplifting was of a trivial amount but it was a breach of a court order within two weeks, and it’s clear from your drugs rehabilitation report that you’re not doing as well as you should be.”

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1:28pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Buster Preciation says...

If this is his last chance what was the previous one? His 'last-but-one' chance? I didn't realise one could commit several crimes before one was actually punished. I'm going to have fun tonight. What a joke.
If this is his last chance what was the previous one? His 'last-but-one' chance? I didn't realise one could commit several crimes before one was actually punished. I'm going to have fun tonight. What a joke. Buster Preciation
  • Score: 8

1:56pm Mon 17 Feb 14

laurence86 says...

Never mind the ready meals. It seems well worth having a drug dealer tenant, if 150 wraps has a street value of £3,160 each wrap is £21.06. Three wraps a day every day for a year is a total value of £23,000! If the rest of us were earning that in rent and not paying tax on it I suspect that the judge would not be so lenient. Ironically it sounds like prison may actually be good for this chap, it could possibly help him get clean and he would be fed.
Never mind the ready meals. It seems well worth having a drug dealer tenant, if 150 wraps has a street value of £3,160 each wrap is £21.06. Three wraps a day every day for a year is a total value of £23,000! If the rest of us were earning that in rent and not paying tax on it I suspect that the judge would not be so lenient. Ironically it sounds like prison may actually be good for this chap, it could possibly help him get clean and he would be fed. laurence86
  • Score: 6

2:00pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Yet again a career criminal gets let off, I think the judge should be done for contempt as he did not enforce the sentence that had been given only two weeks before, as lets face it martin does not give a shot
Yet again a career criminal gets let off, I think the judge should be done for contempt as he did not enforce the sentence that had been given only two weeks before, as lets face it martin does not give a shot Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 4

3:09pm Mon 17 Feb 14

deepinsight says...

Must be an MP.
Must be an MP. deepinsight
  • Score: 0

6:02pm Mon 17 Feb 14

stevenm353 says...

what a joke our system is, another given a second chance.
what a joke our system is, another given a second chance. stevenm353
  • Score: 3

9:25pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Basingstoke man Andrew Mathely jailed for lying to police about car accident, he did not injure anyone, he works (well not now) so he could have paid a fine, he made a mistake and was given no chances, it's always the same, if it's a motorist or a first timer at breaking the law you get the full (farce) force of the law, if you are a druggie nothing, just more and more chances, Winchester Clown court more like.
Basingstoke man Andrew Mathely jailed for lying to police about car accident, he did not injure anyone, he works (well not now) so he could have paid a fine, he made a mistake and was given no chances, it's always the same, if it's a motorist or a first timer at breaking the law you get the full (farce) force of the law, if you are a druggie nothing, just more and more chances, Winchester Clown court more like. Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 3

2:05pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Mighty Antar says...

Folkestone Saint wrote:
Basingstoke man Andrew Mathely jailed for lying to police about car accident, he did not injure anyone, he works (well not now) so he could have paid a fine, he made a mistake and was given no chances, it's always the same, if it's a motorist or a first timer at breaking the law you get the full (farce) force of the law, if you are a druggie nothing, just more and more chances, Winchester Clown court more like.
He rolled his car and then when the police tracking him down, told them it had been stolen. He had almost certainly been drinking, but when the police proved he had actually been driving, told them he had lied because "he didn't think that he was insured". I think he got exactly what he deserved and he's very fortunate his stupidity didn't kill anyone. What the judge recognises in the case of the drug addict is that it costs a lot of money to imprison a habitual drug user and it doesn't solve anything because although treatment would cost less and make him much less likely to reoffend, most people think its a soft option and the Government thinks if they dont spend any money on either, he'll eventually go away.
[quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: Basingstoke man Andrew Mathely jailed for lying to police about car accident, he did not injure anyone, he works (well not now) so he could have paid a fine, he made a mistake and was given no chances, it's always the same, if it's a motorist or a first timer at breaking the law you get the full (farce) force of the law, if you are a druggie nothing, just more and more chances, Winchester Clown court more like.[/p][/quote]He rolled his car and then when the police tracking him down, told them it had been stolen. He had almost certainly been drinking, but when the police proved he had actually been driving, told them he had lied because "he didn't think that he was insured". I think he got exactly what he deserved and he's very fortunate his stupidity didn't kill anyone. What the judge recognises in the case of the drug addict is that it costs a lot of money to imprison a habitual drug user and it doesn't solve anything because although treatment would cost less and make him much less likely to reoffend, most people think its a soft option and the Government thinks if they dont spend any money on either, he'll eventually go away. Mighty Antar
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Mighty Antar wrote:
Folkestone Saint wrote:
Basingstoke man Andrew Mathely jailed for lying to police about car accident, he did not injure anyone, he works (well not now) so he could have paid a fine, he made a mistake and was given no chances, it's always the same, if it's a motorist or a first timer at breaking the law you get the full (farce) force of the law, if you are a druggie nothing, just more and more chances, Winchester Clown court more like.
He rolled his car and then when the police tracking him down, told them it had been stolen. He had almost certainly been drinking, but when the police proved he had actually been driving, told them he had lied because "he didn't think that he was insured". I think he got exactly what he deserved and he's very fortunate his stupidity didn't kill anyone. What the judge recognises in the case of the drug addict is that it costs a lot of money to imprison a habitual drug user and it doesn't solve anything because although treatment would cost less and make him much less likely to reoffend, most people think its a soft option and the Government thinks if they dont spend any money on either, he'll eventually go away.
I agree he did get what he deserved, I also think the drug dealer, who destroys peoples lives, did not get what he should have, as he had already been sentenced earlier. All most people want is an even field when it comes to criminals.
[quote][p][bold]Mighty Antar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: Basingstoke man Andrew Mathely jailed for lying to police about car accident, he did not injure anyone, he works (well not now) so he could have paid a fine, he made a mistake and was given no chances, it's always the same, if it's a motorist or a first timer at breaking the law you get the full (farce) force of the law, if you are a druggie nothing, just more and more chances, Winchester Clown court more like.[/p][/quote]He rolled his car and then when the police tracking him down, told them it had been stolen. He had almost certainly been drinking, but when the police proved he had actually been driving, told them he had lied because "he didn't think that he was insured". I think he got exactly what he deserved and he's very fortunate his stupidity didn't kill anyone. What the judge recognises in the case of the drug addict is that it costs a lot of money to imprison a habitual drug user and it doesn't solve anything because although treatment would cost less and make him much less likely to reoffend, most people think its a soft option and the Government thinks if they dont spend any money on either, he'll eventually go away.[/p][/quote]I agree he did get what he deserved, I also think the drug dealer, who destroys peoples lives, did not get what he should have, as he had already been sentenced earlier. All most people want is an even field when it comes to criminals. Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 1

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