Cocaine addiction spurred man's 3-month crime spree
Scott Brocklehurst also ordered to pay back businesses and people he stole from
Scott Brocklehurst, who faced 70 theft and fraud charges and pleaded guilty to about 30, was sentenced to 16 months of jail time on Thursday in provincial court. The other charges were withdrawn.
The court heard he went on a crime spree to feed a cocaine addiction.
Brocklehurst, 28, spent time working as a pipefitter in Fort McMurray, and made a lot of money.
Upon returning to St. John's earlier this year, the money ran out, and Brocklehurst once again turned to crime. He had an existing criminal record.
This time, he started stealing from and defrauding businesses and people. The list included a large screen television, nine pairs of sunglasses, snow tires, and a wallet with $300 in it.
I apologize to everyone. I was not in my right state of mind at the time. It just wasn't me, boy. Sorry for wasting everybody's time.- Scott Brocklehurst
Brocklehurst's spree began in August and ended in October.
His lawyer, Michelle Coady told the court that her client is bi-polar, and suffers from paranoia and anxiety.
She said Brocklehurst was also in a relationship with a woman who got pregnant, but said the child wasn't his. The woman said she wouldn't get a DNA test to prove it.
Coady said Brocklehurst told her that's when he 'went off the ledge,' and on the crime spree to obtain cocaine.
Brocklehurst told the court on Friday, "I apologize to everyone. I was not in my right state of mind at the time. It just wasn't me, boy. Sorry for wasting everybody's time."
In addition to the thefts and frauds, he also pleaded guilty to breaches of court orders and probation.
Brocklehurst is still facing other charges, including impaired driving by drugs, and mischief for giving the police a false name.
The court also ordered him to pay back the people and businesses he stole from.