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Burnley drug addict jailed following stolen car M65 smash
1:48pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
AN ‘egotistical’ career crook who burgled a home, stole a car, and then left a man injured in an early hours motorway smash, has been jailed for 56 months.
Drug addict Mark Hollins, 36, took a £5,000 Vauxhall Astra after targeting a house in Burnley at night as the victim slept, stealing the key among a £6,100 haul.
He then sped along the M65 towards Nelson, without lights, and hit a Skoda being driven by Mark Parkinson, shunting it into the central reservation past Crow Wood leisure centre, and writing it off.
Hollins leapt over the barrier with his ‘bag of loot’, including an iPad, two mobile phones, a handbag and keys, and made off, the town’s crown court was told.
Hollins, who was on licence, had been banned after being convicted of dangerous driving in 1999, and was disqualified until he took an extended test.
But, the court heard, he had never taken a driving test at all and had never held a licence. He had been released from custody only 13 days before, and had just been provided with a home by the police-run Revolution project.
Mr Parkinson was taken to hospital, suffering excruciating pain and in shock. He was not able to work for several weeks, underwent physiotherapy for back problems, and was left terrified of driving on motorways.
Sarah Statham, prosecuting, said the defendant was caught because the Astra had an airbag and his DNA was on it.
The court was told Hollins, a ‘three-strike’ burglar facing a minimum of three years, had carried out 19 burglaries during his life of crime.
Hollins, who had been taking drugs since he was 13, had 145 offences on his record, which included 83 offences of theft, 11 for banned driving, five for not having a licence, and 11 for taking a vehicle without consent.
He was said, in his pre-sentence report, to express little remorse, to be egotistical, and concerned only with himself, to struggle to recognise the impact of his behaviour on others, and to act impulsively with no consideration for others.
Hollins, of Cog Lane, Burnley, admitted burglary, theft, and driving while disqualified.
He was also given six points, and remains banned.
Richard Taylor, for Hollins, said he had been receiving treatment in prison.
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