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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Barrow youth stole from home to buy drugs

A YOUTH with a drug addiction stole items to pay off debts to dealers who would otherwise “snap his legs”, a court was told.

The 15-year-old boy from Barrow, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, stole aftershave from Debenhams, whisky from Morrisons and a television from his home to pay off his debts.

He appeared at Furness Youth Court yesterday, and admitted the three thefts as well as causing criminal damage by smashing a mirror and door at his house.

The court heard how the boy was struggling to cope with an addiction to drugs and had resorted to crime to fund it.

Mr Michael Graham, representing the youth, said: “He had to pay as he says he would have got his legs snapped.”

He said the boy was committing the crimes to pay for cocaine and cannabis.

District judge Gerald Chalk warned the youth about his addiction and described the theft from his own home as “disgusting”.

A youth rehabilitation order was imposed by the court for 12 months, which will see him become the subject of supervision by the Youth Offending Service.

He was also given an eight-week curfew, to be at home from 8pm to 7am for the first four weeks, and then 10am to 7am for the final four weeks.

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Poor parenting.

Posted by liz on 9 January 2014 at 13:01

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