Burglar described as a ‘menace’

Malcolm McAndrew
Malcolm McAndrew
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A MAN who resorted to heroin abuse and burgling following his release from jail has been described as a “menace” by a judge.

Malcolm McAdam struck at half a dozen homes in the Blackpool area.

He was identified as being responsible for one raid on Whitegate Drive through forensic evidence.

Preston Crown Court was told McAdam himself felt the best place for him at present was prison.

The 41-year-old, of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary. He asked for five other burglaries to be considered.

Robert Smith, prosecuting, told how a retired man’s home on Whitegate Drive was burgled at the end of July. The occupant went on to find his front door ajar.

His bedroom had been “completely ransacked”, with drawers open. Things like premium bonds, bank certificates and the like were missing.

Scenes of crime officers found forensic evidence which linked McAdam to the offence. He was arrested on August 22.

In a victim statement, the man living at the address spoke of having suffered panic attacks as a result of what happened.

Two of the burglary offences taken into consideration were carried out on Preston New Road, another was on Whitegate Drive, one on Marlborough Road and the fifth on Grizedale Road. The defendant had stolen more than £2,000 worth of property, but had not managed to get anything from one of the addresses.

The court heard he had a long list of previous offences on his record.

Peter Horgan, defending, explained that following his release on July 29 from a previous sentence, McAdam did not gain immediate access to methadone.

As a result, he resorted back to heroin use. He had written a letter to the court, in effect saying he wanted to go back to prison.

Mr Horgan said “He says that not for his own good, but for others. He feels the best place for him at this stage is custody, that is a particularly sorry state for a 41-year-old man to get to.”

The judge, Recorder John Bromley-Davenport, gave McAdam a two and a half years prison sentence.

He told him “You are a menace. You have committed offence after offence, after offence all your life.

“At the age of 41 you should take advantage of the time you are now going to spend in prison to get off drugs.”