Prolific Plymouth criminal given chance to detox in jail
A NOTORIOUS trouble-maker who told his probation officer that he wanted to go to jail to tackle his drug habit has been granted his wish.
Darren Carter-Moore, aged 24, pictured right, was sent to prison for 24 weeks for two counts of possessing heroin.
Probation officer Karen Fry told Plymouth magistrates: "He told his offender manager he wanted to go to prison to detoxify from heroin and cocaine."
Carter-Moore's solicitor Stephen Walker argued that he could stay in the community under a curfew at his sister's house.
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But magistrates told Carter-Moore he would have to go to jail because his second offence was committed while he was on a community order for a similar crime.
He is a prolific offender with a long history of drug-fuelled crime, including burglary, theft and dangerous driving.
Carter-Moore, of King Street, Stonehouse, admitted breaching a community order given for possession of heroin by missing drug tests and appointments with staff from counselling service Harbour.
He also admitted a new offence of possessing the Class A drug on September 26.
Magistrates resentenced him to 12 weeks in prison for the first matter and added another 12 weeks for the latest offence.
Miss Fry, for the probation service, said magistrates had given him a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement in August. He needed to be tested for drugs twice a week.
She added his response to the order was mixed and urged that it should be revoked so that he could be resentenced.
Mr Walker said Carter-Moore said: "This has nothing to do with a lack of motivation. He has been a heroin addict for many years and he has battled to try and get himself off of that habit.
"He has relapsed, but he will continue to battle to try and get himself rid of it. But he is not out of the woods yet."
Mr Walker said that Carter-Moore had in fact not missed any appointments with his supervising probation officer, which were also part of the order.
He admitted he was unsuitable for unpaid work as an alternative punishment but added he could serve out a curfew at his sister's address.