Dad-of-three jailed for diesel theft

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.
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A prolific crook went out stealing diesel after upping his drug intake following his mother’s death, a court heard.

Damian Richard Parker (38) was caught at Chandos Civil Engineering Ltd in Burnley in the early hours of April 8 with two wraps of amphetamine, magistrates were told.

Father-of-three Parker, who has 176 offences on his record, is back behind bars for a total of 14 weeks. The defendant, of Parkinson Street, Burnley, admitted to theft and possessing amphetamine.

Mrs Tracy Yates (prosecuting) said police were called to Branch Street at 5am. The premises owners saw a container being filled with diesel on CCTV, which was being taken from an excavator. Parker, who had bolt cutters in his possession, made no comment when questioned.

The defendant was given eight weeks in custody last November and was suspended for 18 months for drugs and theft. On March 9, he received another suspended term for burglary.

Mark Williams (defending) said Parker had been very upset when he lost his mother in January.

“He was very close to his mum. He had been her carer and it was a huge blow to him,” the solicitor said. “He says his default setting when things go wrong is that he takes more drugs. He doesn’t want to go to into custody, although he’s no stranger to the system.”