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Burglar stole cannabis to stop dealer 'selling to teens'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

A BURGLAR claimed he broke into a man's home to steal his supply of cannabis because he wanted to stop him selling the drug to children.

But Stevie Jones received a wallop on the head with an iron from the man he burgled and his plan to hand the cannabis to police was foiled when his accomplice either smoked or sold most of the drugs.

When the homeowner heard someone kicking through a door panel to get into his Blaenymaes home in the early hours, he hid in a spare bedroom and armed himself with the closest object to hand — an iron.

When Jones flung the door to that room open, the man, who was on the phone to 999 operators, used the iron to hit him on the head.

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Jones handed himself in to police four days later, telling officers: "It was a stupid thing I did, he's selling drugs to kids."

In his interview the 18-year-old said he wanted to take the man's cannabis supply from him because he had been told he was selling drugs to 13-year-olds. During the burglary, which he pleaded guilty to, his accomplice stole a hammer, a bottle of whisky and an Xbox console.

Prosecutor Tom Scapens told Swansea Crown Court: "He intended to recover the drugs, hand them to his mother and she would give them to police."

Lee Davies, for Jones, said his client was drunk at the time and recognised "in the cold light of day" he should have just called police.

Judge Christopher Vosper jailed him for 40 weeks.

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