A WOMAN who has been addicted to heroin since she was 16 was spared jail for burgling a man’s house.
Tammy Wilmot, 24, climbed over a yard wall and smashed a window to get into the victim’s house in Stirling Street, Hartlepool.
She was arrested after a neighbour spotted her using a recycling bin to climb over the wall and rang police.
When they arrived they found she had a hammer and two screwdrivers on her and had smashed a window to gain entry to the property.
The victim, who was known to Wilmot, was out at the time of the burglary.
Harry Hadfield, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, said: “The victim was contacted straight away and came home.
“He confirmed no-one else had permission to be inside.
“He had locked the property up when he went out around three hours earlier.”
Samples of glass from the smashed window were found in a hoodie Wilmot had been wearing.
The court was told Wilmot often visited the victim who would sometimes give her money.
When quizzed by the police about the break in she claimed she had gone round to return a key but it would not work.
Deborah Smithies, mitigating, said Wilmot’s record “was the record of a heroin addict” with a lot of shop thefts among her previous convictions.
She said Wilmot had been addicted to heroin since she was 16 but this was her first burglary.
“Nothing was in fact taken, there was no property missing and no damage caused beyond the smashing of that small window,” said Miss Smithies.
Wilmot, of Straker Street, admitted burglary on Sunday, January 27.
She was sentenced to 12 months prison but that was suspended for two years.
Judge George Moorhouse said: “You know from your experience of the courts that burglaries of dwellings are extremely serious matters and fully justify a custodial sentence.
“This seems to have been an impulsive offence on your part but interestingly you’ve been out of trouble now for six months and for the first time in your life you’ve been given independent accommodation.
“It may be you have reached a turning point.”
She was also given 12 months probation supervision and a six months of drug rehabilitation, plus a three month curfew between 9pm and 6am.