A DRUG addict who stole from a store days after being released from prison has been given the chance to turn his life around.
Sam Povall targeted the Co-op in the Hydneye, Hampden Park, but was caught out on CCTV. He admitted stealing from the shop saying he intended to sell the goods for drugs.
Eastbourne magistrates heard the 27-year-old, who has been using crack cocaine and heroin, had been released from jail three days earlier.
Povall, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to theft at a hearing at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday September 11.
James Partridge, defending, said, “Mr Povall has pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and I ask you to give him maximum credit for that.
“We have heard he goes and commits these offences so he can purchase more drugs and drugs are really at the heart of this offending.
“He started using drugs when he was about 16, he left school and dropped out when he was about 13/14.”
He added his client, who had a lot of issues in his childhood, stopped using when he was 20 but got back into them.
He said, “To some extend custody is not working. He goes inside, comes back out, uses drugs and commit offences and goes back inside.
“My submission to the court is to try and find a way to break that cycle.
“He wants to break free from drugs, he’s been using for so long he needs help.
“Mr Povall said he doesn’t really feel his life has started yet.
“His progress has been stunted since 16.”
He was sentenced to a nine month community order with supervision and a six month drug rehabilitation requirement.
He was also ordered to pay £55.76 compensation to Co-op.