Darlington man re-offended a month after being spared jail

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Regional Reporter

A BURGLAR who re-offended within a month of being given a suspended sentence has been jailed.

Drug addict Michael Jacques was said by his own barrister, Martin Towers, to have a “shocking” criminal record.

Jacques, 30, of Nickstream Lane, Darlington, had been given a suspended jail sentence in October this year for burglary.

But between November 2 and 5 he broke into an empty house that was being renovated in Pennine Close, Darlington, stealing a camcorder, digital camera and a key.

The crime was captured on CCTV cameras. Jacques was at it again shortly afterwards, on November 11, burgling another unoccupied house in Oakhurst Road, Darlington, and leaving his fingerprints on a kitchen window.

He admitted two offences of burglary and also asked for two further offences, a theft from a skip and the burglary of a garden shed, to be taken into account.

Judge Tony Briggs, sentencing him at Teesside Crown Court, said he was a long-term drug addict with a “typical drug addict's record”.

Jacques had complained that he was not getting the help he needed for an amphetamine addiction, despite being given access to a drug treatment course.

Judge Briggs said he had no alternative but to jail Jacques for a year, plus a further 18 weeks which he added to his sentence.

He also ordered him to pay a £100 victim's surcharge.

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2:09am Mon 10 Dec 12

stevegg says...

Why are these lowlife career criminals and leeches of society given chance after chance when they show nothing but contempt and disregard for the law and why are they always portrayed as the victims?????????????
??? Government & Justice system get a grip before its total anarchy!
Why are these lowlife career criminals and leeches of society given chance after chance when they show nothing but contempt and disregard for the law and why are they always portrayed as the victims????????????? ??? Government & Justice system get a grip before its total anarchy! stevegg
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