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Man stole from family

A HOMELESS heroin addict stole from his own family to fund his "raging" drug habit, a court heard.

Paul Bruce, 23, of no fixed address, appeared before Swindon Magistrates' Court charged with two counts of burglary.

The court heard how Bruce entered his parents' four-bedroom house in Kirktonhill Road, Westlea, and stole a new pair of Nike trainers belonging to his brother James and tobacco worth £200.

Then three days later he broke into an address in Stoneybrook Close, stealing 18 DVDs worth more than £300.

Bruce pleaded guilty to both charges.

Frank Murphy, prosecuting, said: "Mr Bruce's parents have known their son has been a heroin addict for the past four or five years and three days prior to the offence, he was told he was not welcome at the house if they were not present.

"On Friday, April 21, Mr and Mrs Bruce left their four-bedroom property and returned at 5.15pm to find someone had been in the house. They could find no forced entry and they noticed food stuff had been cooked and consumed and, when they checked their bedroom, wardrobes had been left open and a cardboard box containing trainers belonging to James Bruce had gone missing.

"Tobacco from under the bed had also been stolen."

Mr Murphy added: "He comes before the court, you will see, with a long record of offences. And has been described by police as having a raging heroin addiction.

Mike Poulsford, defending, said: "Paul Bruce's heroin addiction is quite acute he conceded that himself but he wants to get off the drug."

Bruce was remanded in custody while the probation service prepares pre-sentence reports. He will reappear at Swindon Magistrates Court on May 16.

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