Judge hits out at Portsmouth burglar who keeps offending

WARNED Michael Kelly
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A JUDGE has hit out at a drug addict burglar for wasting tax payers’ money after he carried on offending despite being given repeated chances to go straight.

Michael Kelly had a £60 a day heroin and crack cocaine habit and paid for his drugs through crime.

The 37-year-old, who has a string of previous convictions, has been given five community orders giving him help to tackle his addiction over the years.

After carrying out two burglaries and a theft Kelly again asked the court to give him rehabilitation.

His barrister Anthony Bailey said: ‘He, at the moment, is in a vicious spiral. He is on the merry-go-round and he wants to get off.

‘He can only get off with help and assistance.’

He said Kelly had just split up with his partner of 14 years and been made homeless at the time of his latest offences.

But Judge Richard Price said enough money had been wasted on him and the time had come for jail.

‘There is no doubt that you have a serious drug problem,’ the judge said.

‘There is no doubt you have had such a problem for some time.

‘There is no doubt that that problem has been a prime cause of a lot of your offending.

‘The fact of the matter is you have had chance, after chance, after chance, after chance to try to rid yourself of that addiction and a great deal of public time and public money has been spent trying to help you - all to no avail.

‘You simply disregard the orders of the court and think you can behave in any way you choose.

‘The time has come when immediate imprisonment is called for without a shadow of a doubt.’

Kelly, of no fixed address, was jailed for two-and-a-half years at Portsmouth Crown Court after admitting two charges of burglary and one of theft.

He raided a house in Clarence Parade, Southsea, in April last year, stealing a laptop, a camera, watches, money and jewellery.

Weeks later he broke into a house in Clarendon Road, Southsea, and stole jewellery.

He was caught after stealing clothes and make-up from Marks & Spencer in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, on May 24.