Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Shame of Recovering Addict Who Robbed Gran

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Shame of Recovering Addict Who Robbed Gran

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A RECOVERING heroin addict who burgled his 89-year-old grandmother's house and left her struggling to pay the bills has told the M.E.N. "what I did was shameful and I am sorry".

Lee Dummett, 41, has vowed to turn his life around after being given a suspended prison sentence by a Manchester Crown Court judge, who heard his family were desperate for him to get help.

Dummett was sentenced to ten months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to undertake a nine-month drug rehabilitation programme during the hearing.

The court was told that Dummett, who has been an addict for 20 years, often received money from his grandmother, Ivy Lovell, as well as his parents to fund his habit.

But when the family were advised by drug experts to stop handing over cash, Dummett reached 'rock bottom.' .

On June 4, Dummett had visited his family who refused to give him any money so he went to his gran's house.

What I shameful. regret what am Lee The pensioner, who lives alone, asked him to leave but Dummett banged on the door. He eventually left but Mrs Lovell was so upset she asked her daughter, Brenda, to pick her up and take her to their house.

While she was away, Dummett, of Rectory Road, Crumpsall, returned and broke into the house by smashing open a backdoor window. He took Pounds 65.

Police were called and traced his blood after he cut himself forcing his way in. While being interviewed, prosecutor Claire Brocklebank told the court that Dummett said: "How can it be burglary when it's your own gran's house?" Ms Brocklebank read out a victim impact statement from his grandmother, saying that she was struggling to pay her bills because of the amount of money she had been handing to her grandson.

She said she had been upset by the incident but that she wants her grandson to get help.

Mark Rhind, defending, told the court that Dummett's mother has 'forgiven but not forgotten' her son's actions.

Mr Rhind said: "This is something the family seem to have been labouring under for some years. The family are glad it has been brought to a head."

When the M.E.N. tracked Dummett down, he said he is 'off drugs' and wants to move on with his life. …

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