A former soldier who was kicked out of the Army for taking cocaine while serving in Germany has been jailed for stealing money from his sister’s purse.
Andrew Hamill pocketed £320 to spend on alcohol to feed his drink problem, an offence he has since admitted was an “all-time low”.
Northampton Magistrates Court heard Hamill’s sister had given him permission to stay at her and her partner’s house, as he was struggling to find permanent accommodation.
And after coming in drunk around midnight on December 7, Hamill helped himself to the money from the purse.
Hamill, 22, of Lindisfarne Road, Corby, admitted a charge of theft from a dwelling.
The offence put him in breach of a suspended sentence, which has now been activated.
Hamill was sentenced to 16 weeks’ imprisonment.
He is also now repaying the money to his sister.