Drug user locked up for crime spree

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A CANNABIS user has been locked up for 18 months after a “spree of dishonesty”.

Dean Sirmond was described as an “unsavoury character” by a judge after admitting to burglary, theft, taking a vehicle without consent and driving without insurance.

The 20-year-old, of Ovenden Road, Halifax, carried out a night time raid on the home of a single mother and her children back in January.

He went on to steal car keys and a laptop computer from a woman who was letting him stay with at her home, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Sirmond tried to drive off in the woman’s Vauxhall Astra, but had to abandon the car because of a gearbox problem.

Judge Jonathan Rose sentenced Sirmond to a total of 18 months in a young offender institution for the offences.

He also banned him from driving for a year.

The court heard Sirmond had been sentenced to a community order just weeks before his crime spree began.

Judge Rose revoked the order and imposed a three-month prison sentence in its place as part of his sentence.

“You were given an opportunity by that court in the form of a community order but in a little under three weeks you embarked on this spree of dishonesty,” the judge told Sirmond.

“I’m afraid to say immediately it will have to be met by a custodial sentence.”

Judge Rose added: “You are an unsavoury character as these offences clearly demonstrate.”