Darren Holloway snatched cigarettes and tobacco in an early hours raid on the Co-op supermarket in Downend and was arrested when police saw him with two carrier bags nearby, a court heard.And for this he got….*drum roll*….
Five days later, while on bail, Holloway burgled the Royal Archer pub in Kingswood and was arrested because a carrier bag had his fingerprint on it.
Holloway, 26, of Cheltenham Road, pleaded guilty to two burglaries as well as theft from a motor vehicle.
He asked for 12 similar offences to be considered after going on three "drive rounds" with police and admitting further break-ins.
Yeah, you guessed. Nothing:
Judge Michael Longman gave him a community order, comprising of 18 months' supervision and a six-month drug rehabilitation order.That’ll teach ‘im.
The judge told him: "That's probably the best opportunity you're ever going to have.Oh, and in case you were wondering if the fact that this is his first offence – sorry, string of offences – is the reason for the leniency, then think again:
"One of the most persuasive factors is you haven't had one before. You've got to seize it with both hands; if you don't you're going downstairs and for quite a long time."
David Miller, defending, said: "Mr Holloway has been addicted to Class A drugs for a third of his life.Which clearly worked well.
"This crime spree, from late May to late June, is a reflection of what happened to him and how he responded when he was released from his last and lengthiest custodial sentence."
So, we’ve tried locking him up – no effect – and now we’re trying not locking him up – anyone want to guess? – so, what’s next?