Christchurch burglar Paul Hogan ordered to wear alcohol tag after admitting burglary offence
A CHRISTCHURCH burglar was ordered by a judge to wear an alcohol monitor for 120 days in an attempt to stop him offending.
The electronic tag worn by 31-year-old Paul Hogan, of Watermill Road, will check the sweat on his body and alert probation officers if he has had a drink.
Hogan was told he had an "alcohol problem" by Judge Stephen Climie at Bournemouth Crown Court, where the defendant was sentenced for burgling a garage in Poole.
Prosecutor Francisca Da Costa explained Hogan and an unidentified second man took two mountain bikes worth £1,920 from a property overnight on 14th November 2020.
The homeowners challenged the men, who walked off. But police were called and officers arrested the pair and recovered the bikes.
Hogan admitted one non-dwelling burglary offence. The court heard he has 23 convictions on his record, including raids on a home.
Judge Climie noted defence submissions stating Hogan had five children and claiming that sending him to jail would cause his partner “undue hardship” in looking after them.
Hogan's defence barrister said his client had experienced long-term drink and drug problems that needed addressing, and noted the defendant was drunk when he committed the burglary.
Judge Climie said guidelines meant he could jail Hogan for a maximum of 10 months but decided against, reasoning he would be out in five and that prison had previously failed to curb his offending.
Instead, he imposed the alcohol monitor as part of a three-year community order with onerous restrictions, including 40 rehabilitation days.
If Hogan drinks alcohol, it will be recorded as a breach of his conditions and he will be summoned back to court to be re-sentenced.
Judge Climie said: "You have an alcohol problem. And I am going to give you the assistance of probation and the opportunity to find a way forward that does not involve you committing criminal offences.
"If you and I meet again in the next three years you will be straight out the back door and off to Winchester prison."