Heroin addict jailed for theft spree in Darlington

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A HEROIN addict who stole a television from a hotel room and more than £400 worth of goods from Darlington shops has been jailed.

Prosecuting, Rachael Dodsworth told Darlington Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, March 20) that 39-year-old Terence Watson already had 56 offences to his name when he committed three thefts and a burglary in November and February.

Ms Dodsworth said that Watson stole a £90 crystal clock from House of Fraser on November 11, but was caught by a security guard.

Three months later he entered the Mercure King’s Head Hotel on Priestgate where CCTV cameras captured him trying several bedroom doorhandles before he let himself into an open room and stole a £350 television.

The following day, February 11, he stole £164.97 worth of electric toothbrushes from Superdrug in the Cornmill Shopping Centre.

He was caught after Cornmill security staff, who were aware of the hotel theft, became suspicious of Watson and contacted King’s Head staff who were able to identify him as the television burglar.

The following day Watson was at it again as he stole two Craghoppers jackets worth £160 from Millets.

He wore the jackets underneath his own coat, but was caught by a security guard who noticed the price tags hanging down below the hem.

Watson, of Stanhope Road North, Darlington, pleaded guilty to all of the offences in court.

Mitigating, Sonny Lawson said he should be given credit for his early guilty pleas and full admissions to police.

Mr Lawson said the root cause of Watson’s offending was a heroin addiction, but he had appeared to have reached the stage where he was willing to accept that he had a problem.

He added that Watson also had mental health problems.

After retiring to consider sentence, presiding magistrate David Williams told Watson that, in view of his offending history, his latest series of crimes crossed the custody threshold.

He sentenced him to a total of 20 weeks in prison.

Watson’s partner, who was watching in the public gallery, swore loudly and, as the police officers waited to take him away, they were also asked to eject her from the courtroom.

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6:54pm Thu 20 Mar 14

NOTODDEN says...

His "partner" should have been locked up for comptempt of court
His "partner" should have been locked up for comptempt of court NOTODDEN
  • Score: 7

8:44pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Ian James says...

I think I know this lad, and his a nice lad, when his not on the drugs and clean. It's a shame , he went back but its his choice and is in the right place to get the help he needs. At least half the druggies will have cleaner teeth now in the town, those that have some left anyway. And, has proved yet again, why the Cornmill, will always be known as the Cornmill Shoplifting Centre, coz they've been getting away with it since it opened and always will, lol.
I think I know this lad, and his a nice lad, when his not on the drugs and clean. It's a shame , he went back but its his choice and is in the right place to get the help he needs. At least half the druggies will have cleaner teeth now in the town, those that have some left anyway. And, has proved yet again, why the Cornmill, will always be known as the Cornmill Shoplifting Centre, coz they've been getting away with it since it opened and always will, lol. Ian James
  • Score: -2

10:23pm Thu 20 Mar 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

56 previous offences!!!!!!!

What the country need desperately is more prisons - lots more prisons.

Scum bag smack heads like this toerag are the scourge of society. They are good for nothing oxygen thieves.
56 previous offences!!!!!!! What the country need desperately is more prisons - lots more prisons. Scum bag smack heads like this toerag are the scourge of society. They are good for nothing oxygen thieves. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 7

9:07am Fri 21 Mar 14

MartinMo says...

thetruthyoucanthandl
ethetruth
wrote:
56 previous offences!!!!!!!

What the country need desperately is more prisons - lots more prisons.

Scum bag smack heads like this toerag are the scourge of society. They are good for nothing oxygen thieves.
We don't need more prisons, paid for at the tax payer, we need to dump them all on an un-inhabited remote island and let them fend for themselves. Why is it the decent hard working members of society always ends up one way or the other paying for these scumbags.
[quote][p][bold]thetruthyoucanthandl ethetruth[/bold] wrote: 56 previous offences!!!!!!! What the country need desperately is more prisons - lots more prisons. Scum bag smack heads like this toerag are the scourge of society. They are good for nothing oxygen thieves.[/p][/quote]We don't need more prisons, paid for at the tax payer, we need to dump them all on an un-inhabited remote island and let them fend for themselves. Why is it the decent hard working members of society always ends up one way or the other paying for these scumbags. MartinMo
  • Score: 4

3:01pm Fri 21 Mar 14

David Lacey says...

Bring back the birch. Give them cold turkey. We are too soft on them.
Bring back the birch. Give them cold turkey. We are too soft on them. David Lacey
  • Score: 0

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