Kettering burglar and drug addict pleads to be sent to prison

John Muir confessed to a number of crimes in order to get sent to prison
John Muir confessed to a number of crimes in order to get sent to prison

A drug addict who “wanted to go to prison” deliberately got himself arrested and then confessed to two burglaries, a court heard.

John Muir, 35, of Dalkeith Avenue, Kettering, told the officers who arrested him that he needed a “long stretch” in prison to get himself clean of drugs.

Northampton Crown Court heard Northamptonshire Police received a call reporting that someone was standing outside a school in Wood Street, Kettering, with a knife.

Officers called to the scene then found Muir holding a large bottle of wine and arrested him.

Jenna Allen, prosecuting, said Muir told officers he had a small amount of cocaine and heroin on him.

While inside the police car, his phone began to ring and officers established it was the same number which had called 999 to give a description of Muir.

When asked why he had phoned himself into police, Muir said he “needed” to go to prison to get clean of drugs as he couldn’t handle life on the outside world.

Mrs Allen said Muir told officers: “I need a long stretch to get off this stuff”.

Muir also said he had “done some burglaries” that he would confess to if it would enhance the chances of him going to prison.

The court heard Muir admitted burgling a house in Kettering in April 2013 and a pub in Rothwell in January 2013.

He also admitted stealing £1,000 worth of cash and valuables from a doctor’s handbag in a Kettering surgery where he had gone for a methadone appointment.

Muir was also charged with two counts of possessing drugs with intent to supply after he admitted he sold £850 worth of cocaine every few days.

Maxine Krone, mitigating, said Muir wanted to got to jail as he “could not hack it in the outside world”.

Judge Timothy Smith said it was an “unusual case” and the court was not there to “cater for Muir’s needs”.

However, the judge satisfied Muir’s intentions by passing a jail sentence of three years and eight months, including 28 months for the two charges of possessing Class A drugs with intention to supply them.

He is likely to serve half his sentence in prison, a period of 19 months.