A man has avoided jail after he broke into an Aberdeen home and stole a family’s Christmas presents.
Marc Henderson, 32, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for sentencing after previously admitting breaking into a house in the city’s Tillydrone area on December 20.
The break-in sparked a police investigation as well as a fundraising campaign to help the victims. During the raid Henderson took the presents, as well as other items, including an iPad mini and money.
After the incident the householder said the family, including two children, had been devastated to find the items had been taken.
Henderson also admitted stealing items from a car on the city’s Church Street on January 15 this year.
He further admitted breaching a bail condition on April 2 this year and on the same date forcing open a locked car on the city’s Smithfield Drive and stealing an item of clothing, a bag and its contents.
The court heard Henderson has previous convictions with a record for offences of dishonesty.
Defence solicitor Alex Burn had previously asked the court to adjourn Henderson’s case to assess his client’s suitability for a drug treatment testing order.
Speaking during the sentencing hearing Mr Burn said Henderson’s offending came as a “consequence of his drug addiction”.
Sheriff Andrew Miller told Henderson, whose address was given in court papers as Bradley Terrace, Aberdeen, he would have to complete an 18-month drug treatment testing order in a bid to address the issues behind his offending.
He will also be placed on an electronic tag for four months, meaning he will have to stay at his address during certain times.
Sheriff Miller said he would impose the order as an alternative to custody.
He said: “Your record is significant, and continues up to the recent past earlier this year. I’m willing in light of all the reports I now have to give you the opportunity of carrying out a form of sentence in the community rather than being sent to prison once again.”