Exmouth: serial burglar could receive drug rehab

PUBLISHED: 13:29 31 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:29 31 October 2016

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

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Serial burglar Dominic Smith, from Lympstone, is to be assessed for drug rehabilitation treatment after he admitted breaking into a house in Exmouth.

A serial burglar from Lympstone is to be assessed for drug rehabilitation treatment after he admitted breaking into a house in Exmouth.

Dominic Smith is liable for a three year sentence under the ‘three strikes and you’re out’ rule because he is a repeat offender.

He was told he is likely to have to serve the sentence despite a suggestion from his lawyer that it would be more constructive to tackle his 20-year-long heroin addiction.

Smith, aged 36, of Glebelands, Lympstone, admitted stealing a laptop, briefcase, Kindle, phone, purse and bank cards in a burglary at a house in Bicton Place, Exmouth, were taken on July 22.

He asked for a burglary, attempted burglary, and possession of am offensive weapon to be considered when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

These relate to stealing keys and two handbags at Summerhayes Rest Home in Exmouth on December 12, 2015, entering Subway in Exmouth with intent to steal on January 22 this year, when he was found with two pairs of secateurs after his arrest.

Recorder Ms Elizabeth Bussey-Jones, adjourned sentence until December 1 for a probation report and drug rehabilitation assessment.

She told Smith: “I want to make it absolutely clear at this stage that you know you have convictions for many, many convictions for offences of a similar kind, 57 for theft or similar offending. The likelihood is that the outcome will be a custodial sentence.”

Mr Barry White, defending, said: “My client is 36 and a three strike burglar. He is a long term heroin user since he was 17 who got partially clean an on a methadone prescription during his last sentence.

“He got totally clean for four months after he was released but relapsed following an opiate based prescription which sent him off track.

“He has never had a drug rehabilitation requirement and I am asking for a pre sentence report to look at whether he is suitable for one. He has been in contact with a residential centre in Barnstaple, who will be able to interview him in custody.

“He is 36 and been a heroin user for almost 20 years, so he is either going to die or get clean.”

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