Doctor fought off heroin addict

Southampton Crown Court

Southampton Crown Court

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A SOUTHAMPTON doctor grappled with a heroin addict who had broken into his sister’s home next door in a desperate attempt to steal something to help fund his habit.

Dr Jawad Khan was alerted to the drama by his son who had been staying with his aunt and heard noises.

Getting out of bed, he looked through a crack in the open door of his aunt’s bedroom and saw serial offender Darren Jones rifling through a bedside table drawer.

Cycling Prosecutor Dawn Hyland told Southampton Crown Court Jones had been cycling past her home in Portswood shortly after 9am when he saw her reverse her car down her drive and leave.

He doubled back, entered a passage between the two houses before smashing a small porch window and force the front door.

Jones then went straight upstairs into her room and was going through the drawer when her nephew walked past and his shouting alerted his father who rushed barefoot next door to investigate. He arrived just as Jones was attempting to leave but the door had jammed because of the damage.

Struggled The two men then struggled – with Dr Khan cutting himself on the broken glass and being elbowed in the stomach – until the police arrived. They had to kick in the door to arrest Jones who then claimed three other men had burgled the house and he had only gone into the property to investigate.

Jones, 35, of Richmond Gardens, Southampton, admitted burglary, which the court heard was committed while he was on licence from prison for a similar offence.

Jailing him for 40 months, Recorder Andrew Langdon QC described the break-in as “unpleasant and nasty” as he tried to steal something to feed his heroin problem which had blighted his life as well as those of his victims.

In mitigation, Chris Gaiger said the burglary was opportunistic.

“It was a desperate act, given his long-standing drug problem, having used heroin since he was 20 and which has really got the better of him. He needs intensive help for him to get rid of that affliction.”

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8:05am Sat 22 Mar 14

Dai Rear says...

"Cycling Prosecutor Dawn Hyland" Well there's a novelty. Was everyone else static?
Of course in a saner country this would be much less likely to happen. As Bill Bryson famously observed-in New Hampshire 9 out of 10 householders keep a gun. You're a burglar. You've got to guess who the 10th is.
"Cycling Prosecutor Dawn Hyland" Well there's a novelty. Was everyone else static? Of course in a saner country this would be much less likely to happen. As Bill Bryson famously observed-in New Hampshire 9 out of 10 householders keep a gun. You're a burglar. You've got to guess who the 10th is. Dai Rear
  • Score: 9

8:57am Sat 22 Mar 14

Forest Resident says...

This is why there should be zero tolerance on drugs, the conscious decision to commit intrusive and distressing crimes to fund ones lifestyle choice is simply unacceptable, to say its an 'illness' is an insult to those who are sick through absolutely no fault of their own making.
This is why there should be zero tolerance on drugs, the conscious decision to commit intrusive and distressing crimes to fund ones lifestyle choice is simply unacceptable, to say its an 'illness' is an insult to those who are sick through absolutely no fault of their own making. Forest Resident
  • Score: 8

11:15am Sat 22 Mar 14

-stiv- says...

Dai Rear wrote:
"Cycling Prosecutor Dawn Hyland" Well there's a novelty. Was everyone else static?
Of course in a saner country this would be much less likely to happen. As Bill Bryson famously observed-in New Hampshire 9 out of 10 householders keep a gun. You're a burglar. You've got to guess who the 10th is.
I'm sure flooding the city with guns would be the end of all our problems. Sounds like a great idea!
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: "Cycling Prosecutor Dawn Hyland" Well there's a novelty. Was everyone else static? Of course in a saner country this would be much less likely to happen. As Bill Bryson famously observed-in New Hampshire 9 out of 10 householders keep a gun. You're a burglar. You've got to guess who the 10th is.[/p][/quote]I'm sure flooding the city with guns would be the end of all our problems. Sounds like a great idea! -stiv-
  • Score: -3

11:22am Sat 22 Mar 14

Dai Rear says...

-stiv- wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
"Cycling Prosecutor Dawn Hyland" Well there's a novelty. Was everyone else static?
Of course in a saner country this would be much less likely to happen. As Bill Bryson famously observed-in New Hampshire 9 out of 10 householders keep a gun. You're a burglar. You've got to guess who the 10th is.
I'm sure flooding the city with guns would be the end of all our problems. Sounds like a great idea!
Actually, New Hampshire is one of the most peaceful places I've visited. Have you been there? Check it out before you fall for the prohibitionist cant. Come to think, Switzerland isn't much for cops and robbers. Most homes have firearms there though.
[quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: "Cycling Prosecutor Dawn Hyland" Well there's a novelty. Was everyone else static? Of course in a saner country this would be much less likely to happen. As Bill Bryson famously observed-in New Hampshire 9 out of 10 householders keep a gun. You're a burglar. You've got to guess who the 10th is.[/p][/quote]I'm sure flooding the city with guns would be the end of all our problems. Sounds like a great idea![/p][/quote]Actually, New Hampshire is one of the most peaceful places I've visited. Have you been there? Check it out before you fall for the prohibitionist cant. Come to think, Switzerland isn't much for cops and robbers. Most homes have firearms there though. Dai Rear
  • Score: 7

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