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Kidderminster man gave real name trying to cash in on stolen locket
7:40am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A KIDDERMINSTER man left his correct name and address when he tried to cash in a stolen gold locket, Worcester Crown Court was told.
The jewellery had been taken in a burglary in Offmore Road, said prosecutor Christopher O'Gorman, but 32-year-old David Southall denied being involved in the break-in. He had convictions for 13 previous dwelling house burglaries.
On the day he was due to face trial for burglary, Southall pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and this was accepted by the prosecution. Southall, of Burrows Court, Park Lane, was jailed for 12 months.
Judge Michael Cullum said Southall had been a heroin addict for half his life and was running out of time if he wanted to turn his life around. He was dealing with Southall for handling but felt he had been close to the burglary.
Elizabeth Lambert, mitigating, said Southall's offences were related to drug addiction but he had been given methadone substitute the last time he was released from prison. He now had a caring partner who was supportive and he intended to address his entrenched addiction.