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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Barrow meat thief is given community order

A BARROW drug addict who is battling to overcome his addiction was given a second chance by a judge.

Allan McKenzie appeared before Preston Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced after admitting theft, two counts of handling stolen goods and abstracting electricity.

The hearing heard that while the 30-year-old had been remanded in custody he had taken advantage of help to tackle his drug problem.

McKenzie, of Sidney Street, Barrow, was given a 12-month community order by Judge Andrew Woolman, who told him: “You have done enough to impress the probation service to give it a go.”

The first offence took place on March 5, when McKenzie stole meat valued at £3.85 from the Co-op in Ainslie Street, Barrow.

Miss Louise Whaites, prosecuting, said after that the defendant handled a handbag and purse that had come from a burglary at a house in Vernon Street, Barrow, on March 25.

The court was told when police went to McKenzie’s address they discovered that the electricity meter had been bypassed. During a search the handbag, containing a purse, was found.

Another handling offence was linked to a burglary at a flat in Byron Street, Barrow, in early April. A Play Station console, 10 games and a number of DVDs were taken.

A man accused of burgling the address is said to have passed stolen property on to McKenzie, to sell them on his behalf.

Enquiries showed that McKenzie had pawned games and DVDs for £17 at Cash Converters. The DVDs themselves were said to have been worth £70.

Richard Bennett, defending, said McKenzie had been on remand in custody for almost four months, which is the equivalent of an eight months’ sentence.

He added: “He has a long-standing heroin addiction and puts the motivation for these offences down to that.”

Judge Woolman said that if he passed a prison sentence, the defendant would serve a little while longer and then come out without much support.

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