A car thief who crashed into a Paddy Power in Hounslow has been put behind bars once again.
On February 19, Robert Oliver stole a Vauxhall Corsa parked on a driveway in Guildford Road in Lightwater after taking the keys from the house.
The 37-year-old, from Georgina Court, Kensington, was in the car on March 4 when the stolen vehicle sped away from police , at one point 50mph above the speed limit, and drove the wrong way down both a slip road and a one way street.
The high-speed pursuit ended in a crash into the bookies in Hounslow High Street
Guildford Crown Court heard Oliver had been taken into custody by police on February 2 after previously stealing a Ford from a west London home on the evening of December 1 2015, and an Audi from outside a Dorking home on the night of December 7.
Both vehicles were found outside a Camberley address before Oliver was arrested.
He was sentenced to five and a half years in prison on Monday (November 14), after previously pleading guilty to two charges of handling stolen goods, five charges of burglary, one charge of aggravated vehicle taking and one charge of possessing class C tablets.
“It has taken some while to get to this (sentencing) stage, partly due to your complicated series of offending,” Judge Robert Fraser said at Guildford Crown Court.
“It is clear that drugs are very much the causation of your offending in this period, but look for a moment of the effect on the victims.
“An invasion of people’s houses, damage, loss, cars taken and risk to other road users.
"An appalling catalogue of behaviour over a significant period of time.”
The father of two had a number of charges lie on file.
Judge Fraser continued: “You have to be dealt with.
"You are a 37-year-old man with some 25 previous offences.
"You committed a very serious offence in 2004.
“You spent a very significant amount of time in custody over the last 12 years, there must come a time where you decide to cooperate.
“There are two ways of dealing with drug abuse like yours.
"I am afraid to say it cannot be in the community, not with offending like yours, it is too serious.
“You will have to make the most of the help available in custody.”
In mitigation, defence barrister Genevieve Reed told the court her client needed to avoid a custodial sentence in order to undergo rehabilitation.
She said Oliver has barely seen his six month old son, having been remanded in custody since May.
Ms Reed said: “The issues that are outlined in both previous reports remain in this man’s life.
"It has been blighted by a serious drug addiction.
“Clearly he is a man who is caught in a very destructive cycle.
“I would submit that the drugs have had some serious impact on his cognitive functioning as well, and the way he would deal with this addiction.
“A custodial sentence is not new to Mr Oliver, his first offence was when he was 17 years old and has spent more time in prison than he has out of it.
“It clearly has very little impact on addressing the underlying issues.
“He has been in custody since May, it remains a clear case that he needs some real rehabilitation.”
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