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Blackburn shoplifting drug addict ‘needs help’
5:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A 30-YEAR-old heroin addict was caught shoplifting twice within two weeks of being given a suspended prison sentence for two similar offences.
Blackburn magistrates heard John James Graham was also in breach of a community supervision order which the court heard he had completely ignored.
Graham, of Roebuck Close, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to three charges of shoplifting. He was sentenced to a total of 15 weeks in custody and all outstanding orders were revoked.
Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client was aware that drugs would eventually kill him.
He said: “A reliance on street drugs goes hand-in-hand with a chaotic lifestyle which doesn’t fit well with attending appointments.
“He accepts he has made things extremely difficult for himself, getting into a lifetime of crime because of his addiction.
“Nobody wants to be in the state he is in but he needs some kind of help to get out of there.”