Man stole to pay for help with drug addiction, court told

A 40-YEAR-OLD man stole DVDs to get carry on getting help for his drug addiction, a court heard.

David Brown of Etchingham Road, Eastbourne stole £30 worth of DVDs, but said he only did it to try and renew his Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR). He has managed to reduce his methadone prescription, but claims he needs more help. Magistrates refused to renew his drug rehabilitation.

Noelle Magennis, defending, said, “He panicked because of the help and supervision being taken away and without it he says he simply couldn’t cope. I have explained to him if this is what he wants then this is not the way to go about it and he cannot come to court demanding it.”

Brown pleaded guilty to stealing four DVDs to the value of £20 from Blockbuster on April 24 and also pleaded guilty to stealing a £10 DVD boxset from Asda on Saturday (May 7). Probation said he was not suitable for another DRR and magistrates sentenced him to a three month curfew. He is to be at his home in Etchingham Road between 7pm and 7am.