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Heroin addict Matthew Curtis burgled his sister's home

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

A BODMIN heroin addict broke into his sister's home and stole items while she was out with her two godchildren, a court was told.

Gail Hawksley, for the prosecution told Bodmin magistrates Matthew Curtis took a Playstation console – belonging to one of the children – and headphones during the break-in at Flamank Park on September 3.

Curtis, 28, of St Leonard's, East Sussex, appeared before the court in custody for sentence on Thursday after being convicted of the burglary at a trial held in his absence on February 4. He had also been convicted at a trial on January 17 of stealing two items from Boots the Chemist in August last year and had pleaded guilty to stealing from the same shop in July.

Mrs Hawksley said that Curtis's sister Teresa Bond had been at home on the morning of September 3 but had then gone out for a walk with her godchildren, leaving a small dining room window open.

When she returned half an hour later a large window was slightly open and her godson's Playstation console was missing.

She then saw fingerprints around the windowsill and "her heart sank", said Mrs Hawkley. The fingerprints were later found to belong to her brother, Curtis.

The first of the shoplifting offences occurred on July 26 when a Boots worker saw Curtis acting suspiciously in the store and watched him on CCTV removing items valued at £3.95.

On August 5 he was in the same store, under the influence of alcohol, and helped himself to some Protect and Perfect beauty serum before walking off.

Chris Nicholls, for the defence, said that the burglary had been committed on the spur of the moment and was at the lower end of the scale of seriousness.

Curtis had been a heroin addict for a number of years and offended to fund his habit, he said.

He had previously benefited from a drug rehabilitation requirement and was motivated to comply with such a regime again.

The case was adjourned for four weeks for Curtis to be assessed for such a requirement and he was released on conditional bail.

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