Court

Drug addict guilty of crime ‘tsunami’

A drug addict stole male sexual enhancement pills and bottles of vodka during a “tsunami” of offences.

Perry Hayward admitted 13 charges including thefts of personal belongings carried out in an eight-month crime spree.

He pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods between January 1 and April 18, as well as stealing $100 of coins collected in four glass jars from a home in Paget on March 7, at a hearing in Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Hayward, 38, stole 11 bottles of Smirnoff vodka from Lindo’s Family Foods in Warwick, worth $310.60 on March 24 and 31.

He took a motorcycle without consent between June 14 and August 16 and committed the same offence in August in Paget.

The court heard Hayward, from Paget, stole male sexual enhancement pills from Warwick Pharmacy on July 28.

He stole a backpack and a wallet on August 24 and 25; a handbag from a house in Paget; and tried to steal money from HSBC. Hayward stole items with a value of $617.95 on August 27.

Prosecutor Cindy Clarke said the defendant was “well known” to the courts and had been appearing in them since 1996.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo said the string of offences was a “tsunami”. He added: “This is a typhoon.”

Susan Mulligan, for the defence, told the court: “It’s typical of a spree of someone who has gotten back into drug use.”

She said Hayward had held down a job and attended the Turning Point Substance Abuse Programme but was unable to control his drug problem.

The court heard the offences were “of the nature that one expects of someone who has a serious drug problem”. Preparations were being made for Hayward to get residential treatment after his court cases were resolved.

She added: “There are some gaps in his record, which also suggest that he is what he says he is, he’s not just a thief, he’s a person who has a serious drug problem.”

Mr Tokunbo referred Hayward to the special drugs court next week.

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