Former drug addict asked to talk to group of users after doing well on probation order
2:01pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A DRUG addict who burgled to feed a 12-year habit has done so well on his probation order that a judge has asked him to come back to court and talk to a group of users and students.
Paul Clift, of Cobourg Road, Stroud, told Judge Jamie Tabor QC at Gloucester Crown Court on Monday that he would be 'only too pleased' to accept the invitation.
"I would really like to do that," said Clift, 33.
"If I can stop somebody else from getting involved in drugs I would be only too pleased to do so."
At Bristol Crown Court earlier this year Clift had been given a drug rehabilitation requirement as part of a community order after being convicted of a house burglary.
Judge Tabor, conducting a review of the former addict’s progress on the order, told him: "This is a great report and your progress has been excellent.
"You have had a promotion at work and I would like to ask you to speak to others and students back at this court at the end of November."
The judge confirmed that no other reviews of the order were necessary.
"We are not just here to punish," added Judge Tabor.