Skegness heroin addict sent to jail

A HEROIN addict who three times failed to comply with a community order, has been sent to prison by magistrates at Skegness.

Leonard Barry Norris (23) of St Andrews Drive in the town, admitted his third breach of a community order imposed on November 9 last year for criminal damage and theft.

He was said to have failed to attend Addaction appointments to address his drugs problem on four occasions and to have failed to attend supervision appointments on three occasions.

Magistrates were also told he had completed none of the 80 hours of unpaid work for the community that he had been ordered to complete.

In mitigation, Mr Dave Clapham said Norris, who is addicted to heroin, realised the position he was in and had told his drugs worker he was ‘very low’ and wanted to go to prison.

Norris told the magistrates he wanted to go to prison so that he could take a rapid withdrawal from heroin addiction, which he was not able to do in the community.

The magistrates said he seemed to think prison was the only way he could clear himself of drugs, but so far as they were concerned he was being sentenced because he had failed to comply with community orders. They said he had opportunities on three occasions and there was now only one sentence available to them, and that was for a six week prison sentence.