A TEENAGER who ran away from home in Ibiza when he was 12 has admitted burgling a house in the road where he lives.
Jacob Ali, 18, of the Hollygrove, Quedgeley, admitted breaking into a neighbour’s house on November 29 and stealing keys, a USB stick and a screwdriver.
Ali’s solicitor Sarah Jenkins said he had been under the supervision of the youth offending service until shortly before the burglary.
This was his first experience of custody, she said.
“His father died when he was 11.
“His mother moved with him to Ibiza but he ran away from home at the age of 12 and spent a significant period of time living rough on the island before being found by the police.
“He was then returned to the UK and lives with a grandmother.
“When he was 11 or 12 he began using cannabis and other drugs and that has continued right through his teens.
“He was also using prescription drugs at the time of this offence and was clearly under the influence of alcohol.”
She said he was ‘clearly an intelligent young man’.
“He says one of the worst things about being remanded in prison is the complete lack of mental stimulation,” she said.
“The only conversation seems to be the latest episode of Hollyoaks and he finds it extremely tedious.
“That demonstrates he is not an unintelligent young man.”
Ordering a pre-sentence report the judge said “This is a young man with an unusual background.”
Judge Jamie Tabor QC ordered a pre-sentence report and remanded Ali until January 24.