Heroin addict stole games console from an old friend
A FORMER public school boy who stole a friend's computer games console did so to feed his heroin addiction, a court heard.
Paul Kennedy, 31, from Broomfield Road, Faversham, had been friends with Sophie Todd for 15 years when he took her red Nintendo DSI.
The former pupil at fee-paying St Edmund's school in Canterbury was blasted by John Faulkner, chairman of the bench, when he appeared at the city's magistrates court on Thursday, June 28.
Mr Faulkner told him: "This was a nasty breach of trust, rummaging around and stealing from a friend with young children."
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Teresa Ruiz, prosecuting, said Mr Kennedy arranged to meet his old friend, with two young children, on April 1.
But after he had left, she noticed her games console in the living room was missing. That same evening, Mr Kennedy sent a text message to a friend, who works in Canterbury, and asked if he wanted to buy the item for £40.
A few days later he sent a letter to Miss Todd apologising and blaming his drug use."
Ruth Alabaster, defending, said: "They have been friends for 15 years. This was an opportunist theft, with no sophistication. Mr Kennedy has had a relatively privileged upbringing but he was jailed for three years in 2006. During that time he became a user of heroin.
"He has been completely propelled along by his addiction to drugs. He has lost his job, lost his friends and now he's 31 and getting older. Even if the court did not order him to pay compensation, he has said he wants to do it."
Kennedy, who pleaded guilty, was jailed for 28 days as his action triggered a suspended sentence.
Chairman of the bench Mr Faulkner also ordered him to pay £80 compensation and gave him a conditional discharge of 12 months.