A MAN asked magistrates to send him to prison so that he could get clean from drugs.
David Hughes brought two bags packed full of his belongings to Kirklees Magistrates’ Court after committing several thefts.
The court heard how the 35-year-old returned to a life of crime after his little girl was taken away from him.
Hughes, of Cambridge Hotel in Clare Hill, was caught stealing boxes of paracetamol from a Dewsbury store on November 24.
The theft put him in breach of a deferred sentence order made by magistrates for three other shoplifting offences.
The Huddersfield bench was told that Hughes stole boxes of paracetamol, worth £49, from the Poundworld store in Market Place.
He was caught after staff gave chase and police were called.
Magistrates heard that Hughes was last in court on November 20 for three thefts.
These included a theft of £260 worth of fragrance from Boots and shirts worth over £340 from House of Fraser in Huddersfield.
At the time Hughes was on a community order and magistrates agreed to defer sentence until May next year.
They told him that he would not be jailed if he stayed away from crime and complied with a drug rehabilitation requirement.
Sonia Kidd, mitigating, described Hughes’ case as “incredibly sad”.
She said that he previously suffered a Class A drugs addition, but had successfully fought this for some time.
However he fell back into the pattern of offending to feed his habit after his daughter was removed from his care.
Mrs Kidd said: “It’s an incredibly sad set of circumstances.
“He got into a spiral of self-destruction, turned to Class A drugs again and is committing offences.”
She said: “He has attended court heavily laden with a number of bags and requests to go to prison. He says he need time to go away and detoxify in custody.
“It’s sad that somebody comes before the court with their bags packed and says: ‘I need time to sort myself out’.”
Magistrates sentenced Hughes to 26 weeks in custody for all of the offences.