A TEENAGE burglar given a “last chance” by magistrates earlier this year has been put behind bars for 10 months.
Homeless 18-year-old Reece Jackson escaped a custodial sentence in early July after admitting breaking into houses in Winsford to fund a £200-a-week cannabis addiction.
But he was brought back before Vale Royal Youth Court later the same month after burgling two more houses – including his mum’s.
And on Tuesday last week at Chester Crown Court, Judge Roger Dutton sentenced Jackson to 10 months in a young offenders’ institute.
Solicitor Derek MacDonald previously told magistrates Jackson began smoking cannabis at the age of 13 and had stolen from his parents and siblings to fund his habit after getting into debt with drug dealers.
He was kicked out of the family home as a result.
He now has regular meetings with a substance misuse worker and a psychiatrist. Tests have also been conducted to establish the extent of possible mental health problems caused by habitual cannabis use and the class A drugs he has “dabbled” in.
Sgt Ian Wood, of Winsford Neighbourhood Policing Unit, has welcomed the sentence.
He said: “Reece Jackson is a prolific burglar and the court has recognised the seriousness of what he has done.
“Having been given a chance he ignored it and committed two further offences – and he must now face the consequences.”