8:00am Wednesday 13th March 2013
A TEENAGE burglar given ‘one last chance’ after his latest break-in has failed to turn up for appointments to address his cannabis addiction.
Thomas Derbyshire, aged 19, of Verve Place, Mersey Street, escaped a prison sentence in August last year, after stealing more than £500 worth of jewellery during a burglary in the town.
He was given a 12 month sentence in a Youth Offender’s Institute, suspended for 18 months.
At that hearing Judge David Hale accepted mitigation from Simon Berkson, defending, who said Derbyshire was ‘turning his life around’.
Judge Hale said the defendant ‘deserved one last chance’.
He also sentenced him to a 12 month drug rehabilitation programme and 80 hours unpaid work.
Derbyshire said he committed the burglary to pay of cannabis debts.
On Friday at Warrington Crown Court, it was revealed that Derbyshire has failed to attend ‘a number of appointments’ on the drug programme.
He was legally obliged to do so, meaning he was in breach of the court order.
The court heard Derbyshire had provided ‘acceptable reasons’ for missing the appointments, as his mum is ‘very ill’.
But the defendant also failed to attend the court hearing on Friday, and a prior court hearing on February 8.
Cheryl Mottram, prosecuting, said: “He is in breach of an order.
“My application to the court is for a warrant without bail.”
Judge Hale granted the application and issued a warrant for Derbyshire’s arrest.
When caught he will be asked to explain the breach, and his failure to attend court.
He first appeared before the courts in November 2011 following a burglary in Longford.
Then 18, Derbyshire stole a bottle of Robinson’s Fruit Shoot from an unlocked garage in Longford Street, Orford.
The defendant was looking for valuables to sell to pay off drug dealers.
He was given a conditional discharge at Warrington Magistrates Court and told to pay £85 in costs.
Magistrates said then he had been ‘punished enough’ and that the shock of his arrest would deter further offending.
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