Nelson crook spared jail to get drugs help


A prolific crook who tried to raid a house with an accomplice wanted help with his amphetamine problem - and got it from a judge.

William Alyson Connolly, who also handled a Segway Transporter on the same day, was spared jail so he can go on a drugs programme.

The defendant (30), of Selby Street, Nelson, admitted attempted burglary at The Beeches, Edge End Lane, Nelson, and handling stolen goods at Pennine Magistrates’ Court. District Judge Andrew Jebb gave him a 12-month community order, with supervision for a year and a nine months drugs programme. He was fined £5 and told to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

The district judge told the defendant he had a very bad record and many people would say he deserved to go to prison. But, said the district judge, if he sent Connolly to custody, it wouldn’t be for very long and he would be released without any intervention or assistance and would be back to where he was in the not too distract future.

Mr Ben Leech (defending Connolly) said he had tried to deal with his drug problems alone but had slipped back into the use of amphetamine at the time of the offences. The solicitor added: “He would welcome a drug rehabilitation requirement.”