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Bishop Auckland addict traced to crime by blood at scene
AN ADDICT who had no recollection of trying to steal a car was identified by blood he left at the scene, a court heard.
The car was parked outside the owner’s home in Leeholme, Bishop Auckland, in July when its window was smashed.
Prosecutor Deborah Hodge told Darlington Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, September 26) that blood was found around the ignition cowl, on a window and under the driver’s seat.
It was identified it as belonging to 22-year-old Gareth Pye of Buckingham Terrace, Bishop Auckland.
Pye, who has 21 previous convictions, was under a suspended prison sentence for aggravated vehicle taking at the time.
Ms Hodge said: “In interview he told the police he didn’t know anything about the incident.
“Being an alcoholic and drug user, that affected his memory, he said he had never been around the car.
“When police told him about the blood he admitted it in court.”
Jennifer Coxon, mitigating, said Pye had a history of drug and alcohol abuse but was trying to turn his life around.
She said he was “extremely concerned” about being taken into custody and was now engaging with services to help with his addictions.
He pleaded guilty to attempted vehicle theft and committing a further offence while under a suspended sentence, but magistrates agreed to give him another chance.
They did not activate the prison sentence but instead ordered him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, with 12-months supervision from the probation service.
They added four months to the existing suspended sentence and charged him an £80 victim surcharge.
Presiding magistrate Jill Richardson told Pye: “We really want you to be successful; we want this to work, but no more chances.”