WISBECH: Drug addict jailed after admitting string of offences including possession of methadone

PUBLISHED: 18:30 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 02 June 2010

DRUG addict Matthew White was jailed for a total of 114 days this today after he admitted a string of offences, including the possession of the heroin substitute methadone. White had bought the class A drug – normally issued on prescription -- for £10 to

DRUG addict Matthew White was jailed for a total of 114 days this today after he admitted a string of offences, including the possession of the heroin substitute methadone.

White had bought the class A drug - normally issued on prescription -- for £10 to supplement the use of other drugs, Fenland magistrates were told.

At the time of the drugs offence, White was already subject to a four month suspended jail sentence, imposed on April 2007 for offences of burglary and theft.

White, 38, of Laburnum Close, Wisbech, also admitted stealing a Bench designer jacket worth 363.99 from Westgate House, and breaching the terms of his drug rehabilitation by missing three appointments.

Police found the methadone on White when he was searched on September 7, said prosecutor Scheherazade Haque.

He stole a Bench leather jacket worth £63.99 from Westgate House in Wisbech on January 2, and was still wearing the stolen item when police went to his home.

Magistrates had given White the drug rehabilitation order as a part of a community penalty back in December, for the theft of baby clothes from Woolworths, and assaulting a security officer at the store.

Mitigating, solicitor John Clarke said White missed appointments with the probation service because of his chronic sciatica. He had stolen the jacket intending to sell it, to get money for his rent.

Sending White to jail, presiding magistrate Alan Jones said: "We hope you will use this as an opportunity to get yourself clean.


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