Addict stole from gran to feed heroin habit

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A 28-year-old Skegness man stole a wheelchair and a fridge/freezer from his 76 year old grandmother to feed his heroin habit, Skegness Magistrates’ Court has been told.

Paul Zarins of Grosvenor Road, admitted the theft from Biruta Kalnina while she was away staying with her granddaughter between February 4 and 6 this year.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said neighbours saw Zarins loading the items into a van while she was away and he was arrested.

He admitted to police that he had stolen them to sell for money but since then he had recovered both items and returned them.

Mitigating, Sacha Waxman said it was a sad story of a young man who did not usually commit offences, and who had a warm, loving relationship with his grandmother.

She said his lifestyle changed about four months ago after he lost his job and was introduced to heroin by friends and was now addicted with a desperate need to find money to fund his half to one bag of heroin a day.

She said his grandmother was supporting him and he had voluntarily started work with Addaction, the drug rehabilitation group.

The magistrates gave him a 12 month community order with supervision and a six month drug rehabilitation order. He was also ordered to pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge.