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Jail for man who stole drugs from sheltered home
10:12am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
A WEYMOUTH man was jailed for 30 weeks admitting stealing prescription drugs from a vulnerable adult.
Bournemouth Crown Court heard how James Walker, 38, of no fixed abode, entered sheltered accommodation for people with severe learning difficulties in Weymouth on June 10 and shouted at the occupants, demanding medication. He then stole boxes of sedatives.
On June 14, Walker, who has 43 convictions for 96 offences since 1991, agreed to sell further prescription medication to another man, but then took the money and refused to hand over the drugs, the court heard.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of theft. He was also in breach of a six week suspended sentence order imposed in June for shoplifting. In mitigation, Tim Dracass said Walker had committed few offences between 2008-12 and had only returned to substance abuse and crime after the death of his grandmother.
Sentencing Walker, Judge Johnson said he had a “dreadful record”. He said: “It is about time you started doing something in life to make your mother proud of you.”