16:33 Thursday 30 January 2014

Jail for drug user who stole figures

Written byMARK MCKAY

A DRUG user who sold stolen action figures to fund his habit has been locked up.

Dean Bayliss took 19 Skylander figures from Burton’s Game store, in Coopers Square shopping centre, earlier this month.

On January 20 he stole nine figures, worth £134.91, and five days later made off with another 10 figures, worth £149.90.

Emma Thompson, prosecuting, told Burton Magistrates’ Court the 30-year-old then sold 10 of the figures to the second-hand electronics store CEX, in Burton’s Octagon shopping centre, for £28.

Bayliss, of no fixed address, also stole £71 of meat from a Co-op store on January 26.

He pleaded guilty to all three charges of theft.

Mrs Thompson said Bayliss had a string of convictions for dishonesty which stretched back to 2002.

Simon Dead, defending, told the court his client was on a methadone treatment programme in a bid to beat his addiction.

He said: “He does not feel he is getting anywhere with that.

“We have talked about other help he can get but the agencies do not seem to be in a place to help him. He knows he is going to prison, but what he asks for is some guidance because he is going straight back into that cycle which he can’t break.

“We all know the dangers of taking drugs – we hear stories about it in the papers on a regular basis.

“It is a desperate story. He just hopes there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Presiding magistrate Joan Jones sentenced Bayliss to three months in prison.

She said: “We have reached this decision because you are a persistent offender and you are unwilling to respond to previous court orders.”

Ms Jones added there would be no costs or compensation to pay.

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