Reformed addict given chance to change life after burglary at Bradford optician's (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting TANEWS to 80360, or email
Reformed addict given chance to change life after burglary at Bradford optician's
10:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
A reformed drug addict who shouldn’t have gone to Specsavers to burgle it has persuaded a judge that he is a reformed character.
Craig Howarth ransacked an office at the opticians, in Darley Street, Bradford, overnight on April 13, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.
The break-in was discovered at 5.50am by a cleaner and Howarth was arrested after leaving his blood at the scene.
He pleaded guilty to burgling Specsavers with intent to steal.
Howarth’s barrister, Sophie Drake, said he used to be a prolific offender, funding his drug addiction, but began to turn his life around in 2007.
He was now free from drugs, keeping out of trouble and doing voluntary work, gardening, painting and decorating, at a children’s home.
Judge Peter Benson deferred sentence on Howarth until January 17.
“I am just persuaded that it is right to give you a chance to build upon this fresh start that you are now making,” he told Howarth, adding: “I am going to give you a chance, so don’t let me down.”