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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Homeless drug addict jailed by Carlisle court

A homeless drug addict has been jailed for 10 months for flouting the court order that “gave him a chance” by allowing him his freedom.

When 35-year-old Richard Musgrave appeared at Carlisle Crown Court for a string of offences last November the judge deferred sentence, telling him he would not go to prison if he managed to stay out of trouble and keep off drugs for six months.

But when he was back before the same judge it emerged that Musgrave, who used to live in Ennerdale Road, Maryport, but now has no fixed address, had since been caught with the class A drug heroin.

His defence barrister Kim Whittlestone told the court Musgrave had been “plagued by addiction for many, many years.”

She said he was homeless because he was “not a serious enough risk to the community” for the probation service to find him a place in a hostel.

He could not go home to live with his mother, since he did not get on with his stepfather, she said.

Musgrave pleaded guilty to possessing the heroin for his own use, and also had to be sentenced for the original charges of theft and drug dealing.

Judge Paul Batty QC told him he had been given a chance last November, but had disregarded it. “If court orders are to mean anything I am afraid they have to be complied with,” he said.

He said he had no doubt that if Musgrave was released into the community he would “simply go back to his old ways.”

“This is a depressing case. It is depressing for you and it is depressing for me.”

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