Drug addict stole from friends who'd asked him to protect their home from burglars

Free to go: man who agreed to house-sit so his friends wouldn't get burgled - then stole from them himself

Free to go: man who agreed to house-sit so his friends wouldn't get burgled - then stole from them himself

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A THIEF who stole from the family he was house-sitting for has been given a two-year conditional discharge.

Dean Goodwin, 31, was asked by friends if he could look after their house while they were on holiday because they had recently been burgled and were fearful of it happening again.

But he betrayed their trust by stealing two drills and three rings from them and selling them to Cash Recycle to fund his drug habit, Bournemouth Magistrates Court was told.

Goodwin, of Oakmead Gardens, Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and was given a 24-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a total of £225 in costs and compensation.

Alison Saunders, prosecuting, said Goodwin was a long-standing friend of the family he stole from. “They had recently been the victims of a break-in and they asked him if he could stay in the property while they were away to keep an eye on it because of their recent unfortunate experience.”

She said when they returned and noticed the rings and drills were missing, Goodwin said he “felt responsible” because he had been looking after the property.

After the matter was reported to the police, it emerged Goodwin had sold the rings to Cash Recycle for £40 and then a week later sold the drills for £85.

“He made a full and frank admission,” she said. “He said he had sold them to feed his drug habit.”

Guy Gosheron, defending, said Goodwin was full of “very real remorse” for his actions. “In his own words, he is thoroughly disgusted by his actions,” he said.

“When he is not using drugs he is a man who is able to keep his nose clean, equally when he is on drugs, he does things he is ashamed of.”

He said Goodwin had been suffering from cancer and had endured 12 months of very intensive, high-strength chemotherapy. “But for all his problems he professes to me he's very motivated to deal with his drug problem,” he added.

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6:21am Fri 8 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

Ohhh there's a new excuse for theft....Cancer!
A warped nice "friend"
Ohhh there's a new excuse for theft....Cancer! A warped nice "friend" BIGTONE
  • Score: 55

6:38am Fri 8 Aug 14

crystal-coast says...

He's been in the paper before for theft and/or drugs. There is no excuse for theft or drugs. It is always something to blame!
He's been in the paper before for theft and/or drugs. There is no excuse for theft or drugs. It is always something to blame! crystal-coast
  • Score: 62

6:53am Fri 8 Aug 14

Nickydoonah says...

sooner the better you know
sooner the better you know Nickydoonah
  • Score: 9

7:04am Fri 8 Aug 14

Baysider says...

Don't know about others but I'd always let a drug addict look after my stuff when I'm on my holidays...what could possibly go wrong?
Don't know about others but I'd always let a drug addict look after my stuff when I'm on my holidays...what could possibly go wrong? Baysider
  • Score: 96

7:38am Fri 8 Aug 14

ben111 says...

Baysider wrote:
Don't know about others but I'd always let a drug addict look after my stuff when I'm on my holidays...what could possibly go wrong?
Theres only one way to find out ,,, FIIIGHT ,,,
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: Don't know about others but I'd always let a drug addict look after my stuff when I'm on my holidays...what could possibly go wrong?[/p][/quote]Theres only one way to find out ,,, FIIIGHT ,,, ben111
  • Score: 14

7:39am Fri 8 Aug 14

skydriver says...

He should have had at least 4 years inside that would make him think.
He should have had at least 4 years inside that would make him think. skydriver
  • Score: 22

8:01am Fri 8 Aug 14

evans40 says...

Keep his nose clean haha good one ;)
Keep his nose clean haha good one ;) evans40
  • Score: 40

8:04am Fri 8 Aug 14

S,Bowes says...

Bit naive really should have checked his CV medical and police records.,Bit long winded I know perhaps just talking a quick look at him would give you a clue that he was going to check the wife's knickers draw ,he was certainly gluing to empty the larder ,but stealing stuff to sell that must have been a shock
Bit naive really should have checked his CV medical and police records.,Bit long winded I know perhaps just talking a quick look at him would give you a clue that he was going to check the wife's knickers draw ,he was certainly gluing to empty the larder ,but stealing stuff to sell that must have been a shock S,Bowes
  • Score: 18

8:49am Fri 8 Aug 14

podgie says...

I say ,what a thoroughly nice and trustworthy looking individual he appears ,ohhh Please dooooooooooo, be a good egg ,come and look after my little pile whilst Fiona and I pop away to the Caribbean for a few weeks.
I can't see what could possibly go squiffy.DeRRRRRRRRRR
RRRRRRRR
I say ,what a thoroughly nice and trustworthy looking individual he appears ,ohhh Please dooooooooooo, be a good egg ,come and look after my little pile whilst Fiona and I pop away to the Caribbean for a few weeks. I can't see what could possibly go squiffy.DeRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRRR podgie
  • Score: 15

9:23am Fri 8 Aug 14

pete woodley says...

I have been suffering from two lots of cancer for nearly 18 years,does anyone want me to housesit,its a lot easier than burglary.
I have been suffering from two lots of cancer for nearly 18 years,does anyone want me to housesit,its a lot easier than burglary. pete woodley
  • Score: 13

9:27am Fri 8 Aug 14

Boganish says...

He seems trustworthy enough, wonder if he'd walk my dog
He seems trustworthy enough, wonder if he'd walk my dog Boganish
  • Score: 9

10:18am Fri 8 Aug 14

The Liberal says...

I take it this is the 'have-a-go hero' Dean Goodwin who was attacked by a group of youths last year (while carrying £530 in his wallet)?…
 
http://bit.ly/1sjw8y
C
I take it this is the 'have-a-go hero' Dean Goodwin who was attacked by a group of youths last year (while carrying £530 in his wallet)?…   http://bit.ly/1sjw8y C The Liberal
  • Score: 14

10:44am Fri 8 Aug 14

ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH says...

Kinson geezer innit, well ard.

Probably got Cancer from smoking.
Kinson geezer innit, well ard. Probably got Cancer from smoking. ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH
  • Score: 5

10:45am Fri 8 Aug 14

ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH says...

The Liberal wrote:
I take it this is the 'have-a-go hero' Dean Goodwin who was attacked by a group of youths last year (while carrying £530 in his wallet)?…
 
http://bit.ly/1sjw8y

C
Nice find, what comes are goes around?
[quote][p][bold]The Liberal[/bold] wrote: I take it this is the 'have-a-go hero' Dean Goodwin who was attacked by a group of youths last year (while carrying £530 in his wallet)?…   http://bit.ly/1sjw8y C[/p][/quote]Nice find, what comes are goes around? ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH
  • Score: 5

10:46am Fri 8 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Nice bloke
Nice bloke bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 4

10:48am Fri 8 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

“When he is not using drugs he is a man who is able to keep his nose clean, equally when he is on drugs, he does things he is ashamed of.”

In the same way that Hitler was a financial genius, but had the occasional issues with invasion and genocide, I assume?
“When he is not using drugs he is a man who is able to keep his nose clean, equally when he is on drugs, he does things he is ashamed of.” In the same way that Hitler was a financial genius, but had the occasional issues with invasion and genocide, I assume? speedy231278
  • Score: 14

11:06am Fri 8 Aug 14

s-pb2 says...

It was bit like leaving a fox in charge of a coop
It was bit like leaving a fox in charge of a coop s-pb2
  • Score: 15

1:40pm Fri 8 Aug 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Are all Bournemouth criminals related ,big ears slack jawed plug ugly and awful fashion sense.come on council there must be some money to get them an image consultant,it makes the town so tacky,what next a pound land and sex shop in the town centre
Are all Bournemouth criminals related ,big ears slack jawed plug ugly and awful fashion sense.come on council there must be some money to get them an image consultant,it makes the town so tacky,what next a pound land and sex shop in the town centre kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 5

4:18pm Fri 8 Aug 14

cromwell9 says...

Sounds about write to me ,typical riff/raff walking the streets.
O dont forget his human writes.
Good Old EU.
Sounds about write to me ,typical riff/raff walking the streets. O dont forget his human writes. Good Old EU. cromwell9
  • Score: -5

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