In court:
Drug addict's granted wish of prison sentence

By Court Reporter Wednesday 19 February 2014 Updated: 19/02 16:20

DRUG addict Christopher Harbourne clocked up 18 pages of previous convictions to support a heroin and crack cocaine habit which was costing him a staggering £30,000 a year.

The 27-year-old - who carried out his first two burglaries aged just 13-years-old - asked a Judge to jail him for long enough to get serious intervention to help him overcome his addiction.

And at Warwick Crown Court he got his wish when he was sentenced to two years and eight months after pleading guilty to burgling the home of an ex-girlfriend.

Harbourne, of Coney Lane in Longford, had stolen a mobile phone, a 42-inch television and a set of door keys from the house on Siddeley Avenue after getting in through a boarded-up kitchen window.

He was arrested after his ex suspected him of the burglary and CCTV showed him selling the television to Cash Converters the following day.

Richard Gibbs, defending, said: "He was rattling. He’s been using large quantities of crack and heroin, between four and 16 bags a day. That’s approximately £30,000 worth a year.

"He recognises that addiction has led him to a range of offences over a period of time. He sold the phone for £40 to a street dealer almost immediately."

Judge Alan Parker told him: "You have a truly lamentable history of committing criminal offences. You have thieved your way through the last decade."

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