Drug addict sent to jail for burglary from Fratton Park

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A DRUG addict who stole more than £1,000 from Fratton Park has been jailed for six months.

Daniel Powell got into a function room at Pompey’s ground through an open window on February 9 and grabbed nine till bags containing a total of £1,160 in cash.

When police officers examined CCTV from the ground they were able to identify the 31-year-old and arrested him at his home in Fyning Street in Landport, Portsmouth.

He had pleaded guilty to one count of burglary from a non-dwelling premises at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that Powell had committed more than 100 other offences for dishonesty, mainly to feed his drug habit.

The previous hearing had been told how Powell had been taking drugs since he was 16.

During his sentencing hearing at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court, district judge Anne Arnold said: ‘I’m going to give you credit for your early guilty plea by not committing you to crown court.’ At crown court he would have faced a much harsher sentence.

Kathryn Howe, defending Powell, called for her client to be given a drug rehabilitation order.

But Mrs Arnold noted he had been given similar orders before.

Ms Howe added: ‘Since the 9th of February there have been no further offences and he’s not on police bail. For Mr Powell, that’s quite something as he’s usually offending to get money for drugs.’

Powell had also pleaded guilty to using language likely to cause alarm or distress, obstructing a police officer and being in possession of more than 200 Diazepam tablets, a class C drug, all on February 2. Mrs Arnold sentenced Powell to 26 weeks in jail for the burglary, seven days each, concurrent, for the drugs charge and resisting an officer.

There was no separate penalty for the public order offence and no order was made for compensation.