Mephedrone addict breaches suspended sentence by stealing chicken fillets and fruit juice
A MONTH after avoiding jail for driving dangerously while over the limit Shaun Markey went shoplifting, a court heard on Thursday.
Mephedrone addict Markey, 38, of Overbrook Road, Hardwicke, had been subject to a suspended sentence for only four weeks when he stole two packs of chicken fillets and a bottle of fruit juice in Aldi, Gloucester.
At Gloucester Crown Court, Markey paid the price for his re-offending by being jailed for 13 months.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC told him "You are in the grip of a mephedrone addiction.
"When a 12 months suspended sentence was passed on you on June 13 it was believed you could partake in a regime and sort yourself out.
"But you have not even begun to engage with it and you know what that means."
The judge implemented the full 12 months suspended sentence and added one month for the shoplifting offence.
In June Markey had admitted taking a woman friend's car on a joyride while she was asleep.
He was spotted driving dangerously in Bristol Road and was then seen sitting in the car, which was parked in Brunswick Road, Gloucester.
As an officer approached, Markey drove off along the pavement to escape.
The officers thought his driving was so dangerous that it was not safe to pursue him because other motorists and pedestrians were about.
An hour later the police saw the car again on Bristol road, driving at speed towards Cole Avenue, said prosecutor Julian Kesner.
Markey then stopped, abandoned the car and walked away from it.
He was arrested and gave a breath test with a reading of 46mcgs, the limit being 35.
Markey admitted aggravated taking of the Renault Megane without consent and driving it dangerously on Park road, Spa Road, Southgate Street and Bristol Road, on 8, December 2012.
He also admitted driving with excess alcohol, without insurance and without a licence.
He also admitted that on 18th July he stole £15.27 worth of goods from Aldi. He put up a 'little bit of a struggle' when he was challenged by security staff.
David Parker, defending, said "Drugs are the problem. He was stealing to fund his addiction. He has recently been taking mephedrone."
Judge Tabor said "It's a big problem in Gloucester at the moment."
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