A 43-year-old Wrexham burglar – who has been offending since he was a teenager - has today been given a chance to go straight.
Christopher Simpson, from Gerald Street, admitted burglary at the former Remploy premises in Rhosddu on May 14 this year.
Judge Rhys Rowlands, sitting at Mold Crown Court, told him he could not complain if he went straight to prison.
He had been before and knew what it was like.
“For the last 25 years or so, from the age of 14, you have been before the court repeatedly for various offences,” the judge told him.
He was subject to a community order at the time of the burglary but was not doing very well on that and had been breached in the magistrates’ court.
The defendant had been homeless, was now in a hostel and was due to get his own flat.
“You could have no complaint if I sent you to prison today but I am not going to do so,” he said.
“You are now 43 and I am giving you a chance in the hope that you come to your senses.
“There is every prospect that you will have a permanent roof over your head in the near future and there is a lot of help available to you.”
If he did not take the chance then he would be going into prison and he knew what it was like to see older prisoners, and he would be one of them.
“I hope you appreciate that I am giving you a chance today. I hope you take it,” he said.
Simpson was placed on a 12 month community order with supervision and a tagged curfew for two months requires him to remain at home from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
He must pay £100 costs.
Kate Meredith-Jones, prosecuting, told how a member of the public rang police and told them that there were intruders at the former Remploy factory.
The defendant was there with another man and they had stolen electrical cable which was found near a gap in the fence.
The defendant was arrested and was found to have tools on him. Other tools were found nearby.
He gave a no comment interview.
Andrew Green, defending, said that the defendant had arrived at the time of his
life where he recognised that the cycle of crime and going into custody had to come to an end.