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Charity box stolen by addict.

A drug addict who stole a charity box stayed behind bars so he could beat his killer addiction, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Heroin addict Bryan Horrigan, 30, was so ashamed of himself for taking pounds 4 in change from the charity box that days later he apologised to the owner of the Thirsk shop where the box had been left, the court heard yesterday.

John Gillette, defending Horrigan, told the court that his client knew the only way he would stay off heroin once he was arrested, was to stay behind bars, so he did not apply for bail.

Horrigan, of Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, was jailed for ten months after pleading guilty to stealing the charity box from a Thirsk shop, for stealing vodka from Safeway, Northallerton and for taking a bag from a car parked in Sand Hutton.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 9, 2003
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