Chesterfield drug user claims sleeping pills drove him to burglary

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A burglar has told how sleeping pills which he was taking as a heroin substitute caused him to lose control and break into a shop.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Thursday, November 19, how Craig Haynes, 30, of Avenue Road, Chesterfield, broke into MuttCutz, at Whiitington Moor, and stole a till containing £150 of cash.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “CCTV footage was seized from the shop. Haynes had entered by smashing a pane of glass in the door and he was identified by the footage.

“He used an implement to cut the chord of the till valued at £80 and ran off with it with £150 of cash and it cost £200 to repair the door of the property.

“Haynes told police he has been taking sleeping medicine which made it feel like he didn’t own his own mind.”

Mrs Allsop explained that Haynes used a hammer to crack the lower pane of the shop door and then went shopping and came back and burgled the shop.

Haynes, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to committing the burglary on October 14.

He also admitted breaching two criminal discharges from April for a theft from Tesco and from July for possessing a class B drug.

Defence solicitor Denney Lau said the drugs were found on Haynes after he was arrested for the theft from Tesco during one incident but the matters were dealt with by the court at different times.

Mr Lau added that Haynes had been recovering from a heroin problem and had begun taking sleeping tablets to stop the urge to take heroin but this “sent him into overdrive” and he committed the burglary.

Magistrates sentenced Haynes to 16 weeks of custody suspended for 12 months with a drug rehabilitation order.

He was also ordered to pay £430 compensation and a £180 courts charge.