Serial offender runs out of chances as he heads to jail

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A Hawick man who committed a catalogue of offending to fund his drug habit has been jailed for 30 months.

At Jedburgh Sheriff Court last Friday, thirty-two-year-old Lee Smith, of Mansfield Gardens, admitted a number of charges including house-breaking, theft, possession of cannabis, threatening behaviour, and breaching bail in Hawick between July 2011 and September last year.

Between July 28 and August 9 2011, he admitted breaking into a house at Weensland Road and stealing a television, money, a safe, and its contents.

The haul, worth £300, was never recovered.

The householder, who suffers from learning disabilities, was on holiday at the time.

On March 25 2012, Smith admitted stealing biscuits and a bottle of children’s medicine at Lidl, Wilton Path.

He was stopped as he walked out of the shop without paying.

Smith admitted breaching a bail condition not to enter Weensland Road, when seen walking there on April 1 last year.

He also admitted breaching a bail curfew which ordered him to remain at his home between 9pm and 7am on May 11, and having cannabis in his possession at Hawick Police Station on May 12.

The court heard how Smith behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting and swearing at Weensland Road on June 17, and demanding keys for his grandmother’s flat.

He also admitted stealing a Louis Vuitton bag containing jewellery and £1,200 cash at a house in Howegate, on June 23. There was no recovery.

On September 9, Smith admitted stealing a purse and its contents, a lucky charm and £50.57, from a house at Loan. There was full recovery.

“His long-standing drug problem has led to this catalogue of offending,” explained defence agent Iain Burke.

Sheriff Derrick McIntyre told Smith, who had previously been placed on a DTTO (Drug Treatment and Testing Order): 
“You have had a chance, and it has not worked out.”