A teenage burglar caught by CCTV inside a letting agent’s premises begged to be sent to jail.
Kyle Kelbie, 19, lost both his parents within ten days of each other.
He had been drinking heavily and said he had no memory of the incident, but accepted he was filmed in the premises of the agent, said in the local press to be Purple Homes Letting.
He pleaded guilty to burglary and theft of a charity box and medication.
Kelbie had travelled from Dundee to Lancashire when his father was dying of cancer. His mother died the following week.
Zabair Afzal, defending, told Blackburn Magistrates Court: “He says he has been drinking very heavily to block out his pain and escape from his personal grief.
“Whatever happens today he will be taken back to Dundee where he is in breach of a probation order and he believes a spell in prison would help him sort his head out.”
He was jailed for 12 weeks.