A dad asked a judge to jail him because he had started using heroin and he did not want to become hooked on the drug.
Daley Walker had landed in custody because he went to Blackpool to visit the mother of his son who he had been banned by a court from contacting.
He says he was feeling low. During the past three to four weeks he has started, for the first time, using heroin
Walker, 36, of Euston Road, Morecambe, pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order.
At the time of the offence he was on two suspended prison sentences imposed for assault.
He was sentenced to 21 weeks’ prison and ordered to pay £115 victim surcharge by District Judge Jeff Brailsford at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
The judge said: “No court can properly send a defendant to custody because the defendant says send me to custody. You breached the restraining order immediately and were on two suspended sentence orders.”
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Walker had been made the subject of a restraining order which banned him from contacting a former girlfriend.
On May 7 police saw him going into his ex’s home on the resort’s Maitland Avenue. He told police he had gone to see his ex to give her £20 for their son’s birthday.
Dan Spencer, defending, he had been instructed by Walker to ask for a jail sentence. Walker said he had gone to his ex’s at her invitation.
Mr Walker said: “He says he was feeling low. During the past three to four weeks he has started, for the first time, using heroin. He started injecting himself and is feeling the craving already. He is desperate not to become an addict.”