Southsea drug addict given chance to turn his life around

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DRUG addict Guy Bollingmore has been given a chance to turn his life around.

The 31-year-old repeat offender appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court in order to be sentenced for a theft.

But District Judge Anne Arnold agreed to adjourn the sentencing for six weeks to give Bollingmore time to prove he could kick his habit.

If he makes progress and impresses the judge he will avoid prison.

The court heard Bollingmore, of Fawcett Road, Southsea, had been given drug treatment in the past but had always ended up back on drugs and had repeatedly gone back to crime.

Paul Farley, defending, said: ‘I appreciate that he has a poor record. He has a record of breaching community orders and the like.

‘What the main change is now is he is 31 years of age, he has blood clots. He understands that he must stop or die.’

He added: ‘I would ask that he is allowed the six weeks to work his way into rehab.

‘I don’t think he is particularly happy with his life at the moment and he wants to change.

‘He can choose life by co-operating.’

Unemployed Bollingmore’s latest court appearance was for stealing a bottle of aftershave, worth £50, from Debenhams in Commercial Road, Portsmouth.

He was seen by security to pocket the bottle and caught leaving the store.

Wearing jeans, a shirt and a hooded top, he pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared at court.

District Judge Arnold said: ‘I am minded to defer sentence in your case.’

She ordered him to work with the probation service and drug workers before he is sentenced and have regular drug testing to check his progress.

Before he is sentenced he must visit rehabilitation centres with a view to securing a place at one.

‘If you comply with every one of these requirements then you can expect to receive a sentence that allows you to retain your liberty in the community,’ she said.

‘But if you fail on any one of these then it’s immediate custody.’

Bollingmore was released on bail to return to court for sentence in August.