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Drug user broke into garages after taking amphetamine
4:52pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A DRUG user who broke into a series of garages in Darlington has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Nicholas Arthur Denham stole a mountain bike and other items during the raids in Spruce Grove in the early hours of August 28.
The 31-year-old appeared at Darlington Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (September 12), having earlier admitted two counts of burglary, one of attempted burglary and one of going equipped for theft.
He also asked for three other offences to be taken into consideration.
Prosecutor Joanne Hesse said police were called shortly before 4am that morning, after reports of a man acting suspiciously near Abbey School.
Denham was arrested and found to be in possession of bolt cutters, along with items stolen from garages including bottles of spirits, a box of oil paints and two egg cups.
Mrs Hesse said Denham, a heroin user for many years, had stopped taking the drug and had recently removed himself from a programme of substitute drug methadone at the time of the offences.
He had also drunk alcohol and taken amphetamine before carrying out the raids, said Mrs Hesse.
Denham has previously lived what his solicitor Fergal Byrne described as ‘an itinerant lifestyle’ now has regular accommodation at a guest house in Stanhope Road, Darlington.
Mr Byrne did not address magistrates extensively, although a Probation Service report was outlined on Denham’s behalf.
The report concluded that this was an ‘unsavoury spate of offending’, but found that Denham had shown remorse for his actions.
As well as a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, Denham was also made the subject of an eight-week curfew, meaning he must remain indoors from 7pm to 7am.
He was also ordered to pay £80 compensation, £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.