‘Please send me to prison’ Northamptonshire drug addict ‘couldn’t hack it’ in the outside world

John Muir confessed to a number of crimes in order to get sent to prison
John Muir confessed to a number of crimes in order to get sent to prison

A drug addict who “wanted” to go to prison deliberately got himself arrested in Northamptonshire and then confessed to two burglaries, a court heard.

John Muir told officers that arrested him that he needed a “long stretch” in prison to get himself clean of drugs.

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Northampton Crown Court heard Northamptonshire Police received a call from a man who reported that someone was standing outside a school in Wood Street, Kettering, with a knife.

Officers called to the scene then found a man holding a large bottle of wine and arrested him.

Jenna Allen, prosecuting, said the man told officers he had a small amount of cocaine and heroin on him.

Whilst inside the police car, the man’s phone began to ring and officers established that it was the same number that had called 999 to give a description of Muir.

When asked why he had phoned himself into police, Muir said he “needed” to go to prison to get clean of drugs as he couldn’t handle life on the outside world.

Mrs Allen said Muir, of Dalkeith Avenue, Kettering, told officers: “I need a long stretch to get off this stuff”.

Muir, aged 35, also said that he had “done some burglaries” that he would confess to if it would enhance the chances of him going to prison.

The court heard that Muir admitted a burglary of a house in Kettering in April 2013 and a pub in Rothwell in January 2013.

He also admitted stealing £1,000 worth of cash and valuables from a doctor’s handbag in a Kettering surgery where he had gone for a methadone appointment.

Muir was also charged with two counts of possessing drugs with intent to supply after he admitted that he sold £850 worth of cocaine every few days.

Maxine Krone, defending, said Muir wanted to got to jail as he “could not hack it in the outside world.

His Honour Judge Timothy Smith said it was “unusual case” and the court was not there to “cater for Muir’s needs”.

However, the judge satisfied Muir’s intentions by passing a jail sentence of three years and eight months, including 28 months for the two charges of possessing Class A drugs with intention to supply them.

He is likely to serve half his sentence in prison, a period of 19 months.