THE son of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has been jailed after going on a drug-fuelled crime spree.
Marco Junior, who has been targeted in prison, admitted shoplifting, possessing a knife, carrying heroin and racially aggravated disorderly behaviour over a 15-month period.
A court heard the former Big Brother contestant has been struggling with heroin addiction from the age of 18.
During his crime spree, he stole clothes worth £2,496 from posh equestrian shop Wadswick Country Store, racially abused a Tesco Express security guard and shoplifted spirits from a branch of Waitrose.
He also nicked a Mulberry credit card holder, Co-op dishwasher tablets, Raybans, and booze from a newsagents, and repeatedly flouted a suspended sentence order.
Catherine Flint, mitigating, gesê: “His dad is well-known and known to be wealthy.
“Hy [die verweerder] has suffered bullying, intimidation, extortion, threats of violence and actual violence.
“He is finding it incredibly difficult in prison. He is terrified at the thought of ever having to go back.”
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Marco Junior has been addicted to class As since getting into a car accident at the age of 18, it was heard. He has detoxed in jail, despite being offered drugs by other inmates, Miss Flint said.
Hy is “deeply ashamed” of the racist language he used on the shop security guard, het sy bygevoeg.
“He would very much like an opportunity from this court for another chance to try and get his life back on track,” the barrister said.
Egter, Judge Mark Horton jailed Marco Junior today – despite hearing his father has offered him a job as a chef upon his release.
“It is addiction that causes intelligent people, from good backgrounds, who had every prospect, to cheat, lie and steal on a regular basis with a complete incapacity to stop doing so,” hy het gesê.
Marco Junior was sentenced to 11 months behind bars, met 32 weeks of a previously suspended jail term to run consecutively.
The star has a history of drug addiction and petty crime.
He once bragged that he squandered £250,000 of Pierre White senior’s money on “prostitutes, cocaine and alcohol” in just three months during his 2016 Big Brother appearance.
Four days after his exit from the show, he appeared in court to answer a drug driving charge from April 2016.
Op daardie stadium, he was reportedly stopped in a grey BMW X5 in Hammersmith, London with more than 200 micrograms of cocaine in his blood.
In 2018, he announced he was attending AA meetings. During a trial for the drug driving charge, he said he was in rehab.
But in January 2019, he was convicted and fined after using racist and homophobic slurs as cops tried to arrest him for being drunk and disorderly at a train station.
In Junie 2019, he was ordered to pay more than £1,000 for running out on a £27 restaurant bill after his debit card was declined.
The following month, it was reported he had to be dragged “kicking and screaming” to a police station after being arrested for allegedly smashing windows during a row with his father.
There was a brief period of calm when he became a dad to daughter Arabella Rose in November 2019.
Egter, in Januarie 2020, he was arrested again after allegedly stealing a £40 mobile phone.
He first went to rehab when he was sixteen years old, en has been in and out of facilities ever since.