Former Darlington heroin addict stole meat after meeting up with old acquaintances

The Northern Echo: Durham Police Durham Police

A FORMER heroin addict stole meat after slipping back into his old ways, a court heard.

Gareth Buckton, of Barden Moor Road, Darlington stole £70 worth of meat from Sainsbury’s, in the town on January 30 – just two days after he appeared in court for similar offences.

Town Magistrates heard the 32-year-old had managed to keep off heroin for the past four years, but had relapsed after meeting up with old acquaintances.

He admitted shoplifting when he appeared at court today (Tuesday, February 18).

Magistrates allowed the four-month community order imposed on January 28 to continue and handed Buckton a 12-month conditional discharge.

He was also ordered to pay £70 compensation.

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8:50pm Tue 18 Feb 14

English lad says...

Give him a lethal injection. Simples! Unemployable, unsociable, delinquent scum bag who shouldn't be allowed to breath the same air as the rest of us!
Give him a lethal injection. Simples! Unemployable, unsociable, delinquent scum bag who shouldn't be allowed to breath the same air as the rest of us! English lad
  • Score: 6

9:37pm Tue 18 Feb 14

stevegg says...

A Darlington drug addict shoplifting now theres a surprise! What is the point in wasting public money on these meaningless sentances by out of touch magistrates against drug addicts who only care about their next fix? Its a revolving door that these drug addicts wont get off, the only place for them is jail but it seems no matter how many offences they commit this is avoided at all costs - and so we all suffer their abuse. If these drug addicts are not a menace to the public then let them live with the magistrates who are determined not to give them any meaningful punishment! No faith in UK justice anymore!
A Darlington drug addict shoplifting now theres a surprise! What is the point in wasting public money on these meaningless sentances by out of touch magistrates against drug addicts who only care about their next fix? Its a revolving door that these drug addicts wont get off, the only place for them is jail but it seems no matter how many offences they commit this is avoided at all costs - and so we all suffer their abuse. If these drug addicts are not a menace to the public then let them live with the magistrates who are determined not to give them any meaningful punishment! No faith in UK justice anymore! stevegg
  • Score: 9

11:40pm Tue 18 Feb 14

diabolical says...

Hang him
Hang him diabolical
  • Score: 3

12:22am Wed 19 Feb 14

Davy Crocket says...

It Government policy guidelines I'm afraid not judges who are to blame. The sad truth is that all the main parties talk tough but don't deliver when in power. That's why we should vote for radical politicians .... I'd actually prefer to see these criminals in front of Saudi courts than our own !!
It Government policy guidelines I'm afraid not judges who are to blame. The sad truth is that all the main parties talk tough but don't deliver when in power. That's why we should vote for radical politicians .... I'd actually prefer to see these criminals in front of Saudi courts than our own !! Davy Crocket
  • Score: 1

8:23pm Wed 19 Feb 14

diabolical says...

Sadly Darlington is full of thieving, scrounging people like this pathetic lad. He will continue to walk from court laughing at the tap on the wrist punishment the court fairy dispenses. No deterrent obviously. Have confidence that nothing will change him, absolutely nothing.
Sadly Darlington is full of thieving, scrounging people like this pathetic lad. He will continue to walk from court laughing at the tap on the wrist punishment the court fairy dispenses. No deterrent obviously. Have confidence that nothing will change him, absolutely nothing. diabolical
  • Score: 2

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