Drug addict's 27-mile joyride in skip truck
10:51am Friday 14th February 2014 in News
A Trimsaran drug addict has admitted stealing a Land Rover from a Llanwrda farm after crashing a stolen skip lorry nearby.
Steffan William Homans, who now lives in Swansea, crashed the Land Rover soon after taking it.
The 32-year-old appeared at Llanelli court to admit two counts of aggravated vehicle taking.
Nick Newton, prosecuting, described how Homans took the DAF skip loader from a coachyard at Trimsaran on March 19, 2013, and went on a 27-mile joyride to Llanwrda where he reversed the truck into a park car.
After abandoning the vehicle, Homans entered a nearby farmyard where he spotted a Land Rover Discovery with the keys left in the ignition.
Homans drove off in the Land Rover but crashed again a short distance away.
Following his arrest, Homans – who has a number of previous convictions for taking vehicles without consent - offered no comment to police at the scene or in subsequent interviews.
Kate Williams, defending, told the court: “These events took place almost a year ago and Mr Homans has very little recollection of the offence, particularly because of the accident and particularly because of the state he was in at the period of his life.
“He was heavily using drugs and quite possibly had he not stopped he would not be here today.
“There have however been a large number of changes in his life.”
Ms Williams described how Homans had turned his back on drugs, had moved in with a “live-in support worker” in Swansea and was now volunteering two days a week at a community forum in the city.
“It was more luck than judgement that there were no serious injuries during these incidents,” Ms Williams said.
“He was injured but no one else was and he has made positive changes to his life.
”Since then there have been no further offences,” Ms Williams said.
District judge Mark Layton, sitting at Llanelli magistrates court, adjourned sentencing for the completion of probation reports but warned Homans all sentencing options – including jail – would remain open.