Burglar smashed wall to steal from club

A MAN smashed his way into a lapdancing club to help feed his cocaine habit.

Mathew Thompson’s actions were a “cry for help” over his cocaine addiction, a court heard.

The 30-year-old, of Meadow Drive, Wheatley, stole a cash tin containing between £1,800 and £3,995 and a bottle full of pound coins from La Salsa, Silver Street, Halifax.

The electrician, who pleaded guilty to burglary, said he was spending around £1,000 a week on cocaine and neede the money to pay a drug dealer.

However, he made no effort to cover his actions and hoped he would be caught so that he could get help.

Calderdale Magistrates Court heard that Thompson was out with friends on the evening of Friday April 16 when he left to go to his van.

He removed some tools and forced his way through the back door of Barbarella’s, through the only door he knew wasn’t alarmed, and into the bar.

He then found a plasterboard section of the wall that separated the bar from La Salsa and smashed his way through causing £600 worth of damage.

The club’s owners and police valued the loss at £4195.50 while Thompson said it was actually nearer £1,850.

On his arrest he tested positive for cocaine and repeated his desire to get help.

However, magistrates were unable to unclude a drug rehabilitation requirement in his sentence as it was “only cocaine”.

Thompson was sentenced to 300 hours of unpaid work and made subject to a three month curfew between 7am and 7pm.

He must also pay £750 in compensation and costs of £85.