How Addiction Can Drive Individuals Towards a Life of Crime

As addiction is an illness, it can have many negative impacts on the affected individual and his or her loved ones. There have been many cases where an addict has resorted to crime to fund their drug addiction, which in turn can lead to cautions and even prison sentences. As these individuals are so wrapped up in getting their next fix, they can often neglect other aspects in their life, such as relationships and responsibilities. Once these have started to be ignored, the person will become distant, and their only focus will be on obtaining drugs in whatever way they can. Ricky Roberts and Kieran Evans both turned to crime to fund their drug addictions and ended up with hefty prison sentences as a result. The pair left a trail of devastation behind them, with complete disregard for the feelings of others; they did not care, as long as they got their next fix.


Thirty-three-year-old drug addict Ricky Roberts has been handed a five-year prison sentence after he was found guilty of a string of burglaries in the Wrexham area. His partner in crime, thirty-three-year-old Kieran Evans was jailed for three years and ten months after admitting to several burglaries and being a ‘look out’ for Roberts. The pair were merciless as they burgled the home of an 89-year-old pensioner who was ill in hospital at the time; the woman was too frightened to return to her home, which she had lived in for over sixty years, after this incident. In a separate burglary, the pair stole watches worth more than £25,000, leaving the owner distraught and devastated.

Strike Again

Roberts’ defence, Kim Halsall, told the court that he had been released from prison in February 2016, but had returned to his old ways of drug abuse. However, while he was on remand, he began receiving a counselling service from Narcotics Anonymous and was on a treatment programme as well. At the time of the court hearing, he was on a prescription for reducing methadone. The court heard how Roberts had 77 previous convictions while Evans had 111; this was evidence enough that the pair would likely strike again.

Thoroughly Ashamed

Evans had written a letter to Judge Huw Rees detailing the nature of his heroin addiction and stating that every day was a struggle as he longed for the substance every day. The duo had burgled the homes of innocent and unsuspecting individuals in order to fund their drug addictions. Judge Rees told them, “The two of you should be thoroughly ashamed.”

A spokesperson for the North Wales Police force made a statement following the sentencing to say that because of the increased amount of burglaries in the Wrexham area during summer 2016, they have set up ‘Operation Bazaar’.

“We would like to thank the local community for their support and wish to reassure residents that we take house burglaries extremely seriously. This demonstrates our continued commitment to pursuing those who commit this type of offence,” explained Detective Inspector Mark Hughes.

Overcoming Addiction

Overcoming a severe drug addiction can be challenging, but many will struggle to do this alone. Blue Skies Recovery can assist with helping any individual who is determined to beat their addiction once and for all. With our helpful and welcoming staff, plus our excellent clinic, our patients have the best chance at making a full recovery. Should you have any queries or require any additional information, you can get in touch with us via telephone or email, and we will assist you in any way that we can.


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