Newport man robbed neighbor’s house to fuel heroin habit
A NEWPORT man was spared jail after he robbed his neighbor’s house to fuel his heroin habit and was found with stolen bank cards.
The 25-year-old admitted to a burglary, theft from a motor vehicle and possession of cannabis between January 2 and 3, 2021.
Prosecutor Liz Miller told court that around 2:30 a.m. the victim was awoken by her partner, who was sleeping downstairs as he recovered from Covid.
She said her partner noticed Bradbury in the kitchen and saw him leaving the address.
The court heard that the victim was out, spotted Bradbury next to a car in his driveway, four houses up, and asked him to return his belongings.
Ms Miller said Bradbury told the victim it was someone else who stole her property, and the couple headed back up the road looking for the assailant.
The court heard that Bradbury then fled on an electric scooter, and when the victim said she would call the police, Bradbury yelled that would be the last thing she did.
Ms Miller said the victim noticed her stolen goods – including a tablet, pot and purse – were in the mud near a fence on Bradbury’s property.
When police attended Bradbury’s address, his room was searched and officers found cannabis in his room, along with three bank cards in someone else’s name.
Police contacted the rightful owner of the bank cards, who confirmed they were missing from his vehicle, along with other items, including a phone and a drill.
Defending Oscar Vincent said Bradbury pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, had genuine remorse and had recently followed court orders.
Mr Vincent said the property was left unlocked and although there were children living at the address, there was no looting or damage done.
He said Bradbury’s actions were clearly impulsive and very short lived. The court heard that the car was also left unlocked and there was no break-in.
Mr Vincent revealed that Bradbury had recently started using heroin and that his offense was motivated by the need to finance his use.
Bradbury was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months, including a six-month drug rehabilitation requirement and 20 days of rehabilitation.
He was also ordered to pay costs of Â£ 85 and a surcharge of Â£ 128.