Doncaster heroin addict spared prison

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A heroin addict who committed a string of offences to fund his habit has been spared jail.

Craig Nelson, aged 36, started using the illegal substance aged 27, but had managed to stay clean for two and a half years.

However, a relapse led to five offences.

On September 3, police found stolen items in Nelson’s home, Oval, Woodlands – an angle grinder worth £40 and three mobile phones worth £60.

There was no suggestion that Nelson was involved in the theft of the items, but he admitted that he suspected they were stolen. Officers also found a small quantity of cannabis.

Nelson appeared at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court on October 2 and was released on bail. However, he went on to commit two further offences.

The court heard that Nelson, who was carrying a screwdriver, a torch and some keys, was found in a shed, on Kestrel Drive, Rossington, in the early hours of Friday, October 9.

Nothing was stolen, but Graham Measures, prosecuting, said golf clubs had been moved near the doorway ‘in readiness for them to be taken away.’

Jason Newall, mitigating, said: “His drug use had spiralled out of control. He has now started using methadone again.”

Nelson was given a 20-week prison sentence, suspended for two years and was ordered to pay £430 in costs. He pleaded guilty to two counts of handling stolen goods, one of possessing a class B drug, one of burglary with intent to steal and one of going equipped for burglary.