Teenage burglar stole to feed his drug habit

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A TEENAGE burglar who stole a mobile phone from another youth and headbutted him has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to take part in a drug rehabilitation programme.

Damien Peters, 18, from Parkington Walk, Bury St Edmunds, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court to two burglaries, one in Haverhill and one in Westley Road, Bury, as well as assaulting and robbing the teenager in Bury.

His DNA identified him after it was found on the items he dropped as he made his escape from the Haverhill burglary.

Although he had not been involved in the theft of a TV set at the Bury property, his fingerprints were found in a utility room where he had no lawful reason to be, the court heard.

Peters had robbed a 16-year-old boy of a £250 mobile phone in Bury late at night on August 20.

The two began chatting and the teenager unwisely handed over his phone and was headbutted by Peters, said Michael Crimp, prosecuting.

In mitigation, Richard Potts said that Peters had committed the crimes to feed his drug habit. He was now anxious to change his life and wanted help to address his problems.

He was sentenced to 12 months detention in a young offenders’ instutution, suspended for 18 months, ordered to be supervised by the Probabtion Service and be subject to a Drug Rehabilitation Order. He must also participate in a programme to tackle offending behaviour.