Thief begs judge to send him to prison

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A thief who asked to be sent to prison was granted his request by a judge.

Jason Goldrick was using up to four bags of heroin a day plus drinking up to three litres of cider and was committing crime to fund his habits.

Goldrick, 45, formerly of Adelaide Street, Blackpool, now of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft and breaching a conditional discharge imposed for shoplifting.

He was sentenced to 63 days jail and ordered to pay a £180 court charge plus £80 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge told Goldrick: “I would have sent you to prison had you asked me or not.”

Prosecutor, Martine Connah, said Goldrick stole razor blades on March 27, valued at £96 from Wilkinson and on April 18 took sun and eye creams worth £207 from Boots.

Allan Cobain, defending, told the judge: “He has no money or accommodation and is frankly at rock bottom.

“He said to me this morning he wants to go to jail.”

Probation officer, Lesley Whittaker, told the judge: “He has a long-standing drug problem and lives a chaotic lifestyle.

“He could not get his benefits sorted out and he had no money for several months.

“At the time he was using up to four bags of heroin a day and drinking up to three litres of cider.”