Bexleyheath drug addict who spent £200 a day on cocaine used screwdriver to smash van window and steal electrical goods

PUBLISHED: 13:47 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:47 22 February 2017

Bexley Magistrates Court

Bexley Magistrates Court


Brett Dempster, 36, of Pennine Way, was ordered to pay a contribution to compensation of £150

A drug addict who spent £200 a day on cocaine was “off his face” when he used a screwdriver to smash a van window and steal goods in a raid worth almost £700, a court was told.

Brett Dempster, 36, of Pennine Way, Bexleyheath, pleaded guilty to the theft of a computer tablet, two sat navs and cash from a vehicle when he appeared at Bexley Magistrates Court on February 1.

Re-appearing before the same court on Wednesday, Dempster was ordered to pay a contribution to compensation for the victim.

The complainant parked a transit van he uses for work in an underground car park at Hackney House in Belvedere on the evening of January 8, the court was told.

When he returned to the vehicle the following morning, the van had been broken into, with the front passenger window smashed.

Two Tom Tom sat navs worth £250 each, a purse with a small amount of cash and loyalty cards and a tablet worth £190 were stolen, the court was told.

None of the items were recovered, and when interviewed by police at Plumstead Police Station in Greenwich, Dempster said he didn’t remember where he was on that evening.

However, when shown a photo of the van he said “yes, I did it, I smashed the window with a screwdriver” but couldn’t remember what he had taken.

The items would have been sold to fund his cocaine addiction, but not to anyone in particular, the court was told.

“I have a drug problem and was probably off my face,” he added, as the court was told he spends between £150 and £200 a day on cocaine.

Being sentenced, Dempster was ordered to pay a contribution to compensation of £150 plus £85, which magistrates agreed would be deducted from his employment and support allowance benefit.

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