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Addict stole £12k of goods to help fund meow meow habit

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 02, 2013

JAILED: Liam Williams

AN addict who went on a drug-fuelled burglary spree totally stripped one of his victim's homes — including his children's diaries and the pictures from the walls.

Liam Williams, 23, admitted taking more than £12,000 of goods from the Morriston home of John Dawes after breaking in.

After discovering his home had been devastated, Mr Dawes turned detective and found Williams slumped high on meow meow wearing clothes he had stolen from Mr Dawes's home.

Williams, of no fixed address, and two other men, had gone to Mr Dawes's home at Vicarage Road, Morriston, and forced their way in through a patio door at 9pm.

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They had initially fled after the alarm sounded, but after seeing no one had gone to the house, they made up to five return trips.

Mr Dawes was called by a neighbour the following morning at 7.30am.

The group had carefully planned the burglary, Swansea Crown Court heard.

The court was told they took six flat-screen televisions, games consoles, DVD players, children's clothes, bikes and even pictures from the walls.

Jewellery belonging to Mr Dawes's 12-year-old daughter, valued at £700, was also taken.

Prosecutor Kevin Jones said: "It's accepted that the property was effectively stripped."

After calling police, Mr Dawes began searching the local area and saw his daughter's bike on the back of a van belonging to a local scrap man. He stopped him and asked for details of where he had found it.

Eventually he made his way to an address in Clase where he found Williams inside, wearing his T-shirt. Mr Dawes described him as being drunk and high.

He refused to come outside.

Police then arrived and Williams directed them to another address where officers found five televisions, the Wii and a child's diary in a nearby shed.

Much of that property was damaged beyond repair but Williams said he had received £60 in payment. In his interview, he admitted he had committed the offences to fund his meow meow addiction.

Williams later asked the court to take 16 other offences, including two other burglaries, 13 offences of burgling outbuildings or garages and two offences of making off without paying for petrol into account when sentencing him.

Those offences also took place in the Morriston area between April and November.

James Hartson, representing Williams, said: "He is in no doubt as to the type of sentence he is about to receive as well as the length of that sentence."

Mr Hartson said his client had an "uncontrollable addiction" to meow meow but is now clean of drugs.

Judge Paul Thomas said: "This was a carefully pre-planned burglary and the property you stole was extensive.

"This is not simply the goods taken but the way in which people are left with a feeling of insecurity about the place where they live," added the judge.

He then jailed Williams for three years.

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