Tunstall drug addict Gareth Walker jailed for burglary

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A Tunstall drug addict who stole jewellery and a phone has been jailed for more than two years.

Gareth Walker, 33, of Clanway Street, pleaded guilty at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court to one count of burglary and another count of theft.

The court heard Walker broke into the home of a 71-year-old woman whilst she was out shopping with her daughter on September 10, 2014 and stole jewellery.

Neil Ahuja, prosecuting, told the court Walker was discovered in the woman’s garden when she returned to the property.

He claimed he had been using her garden as a walk-through, the court was told.

Mr Ahuja said it was not until some time later that the victim discovered her belongings had been stolen.

Walker then stole an iPhone from a nearby van later in the day.

Stuart Muldoon, defending, told the court wanted to go rehabilitation as he had used heroin since the age of 14.

He said Walker had been abandoned by his mother at the age of two and had not intended to target the woman’s house.

Sentencing Walker to a total of 876 days,  Judge David Fletcher told him he hoped he would give up drugs

Judge Fletcher told him: “I want to believe it’s true.

“If you’re true to your word, then I won’t see you again.

“You are 33, you’ve got to realise these prison sentences will only get longer and longer.”

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