A judge refused to grant a psychiatric report into a persistent offender from Oldham, claiming that the court was “not an adjunct of the NHS.”

Kyle Craddock appeared in Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to be sentenced for a string offences including burglary from a bar in Shaw, two attempts at burglary at Asda in the same town and repeated contact with his former partner after being told to stay away.

Representing the persistent offender, who has 84 previous convictions, defence counsel Sonya O’Brien asked for sentence to be put off and for a psychiatric report to be obtained.

She said Craddock had recently been diagnosed with ADHD.

But judge Jeremy Lasker declined this.

In doing so he said: “The court is not an adjunct of the NHS.

“I do not see the point of obtaining a report which might assist the court with further down the line offending.”

He added that nothing in a report could change the inevitable outcome.

The court heard Craddock first struck the Vida Viva bar in Shaw in February this year.

He smashed a window and stole £1288 worth of alcohol.

The finances of the bar we badly hit as it had only recently opened.

The 34-year-old was later detained for the act as police traced his DNA from blood left at the scene.

He struck again in July and August when he was caught on CCTV inside the Asda in Shaw twice while it was closed but did not manage to take anything.

Craddock, from Cape Gardens in Shaw, was identified by staff at the store who had dealt with him before.

In August he also made contact with his former partner, who he had been ordered to stay away from by the family court.

On one occasion when he turned up at her house he said he had “nothing to lose” before taking her bank card and spending more than £250.

Prosecutor Denise Fitzpatrick read a victim impact statement from Craddock’s former partner.

It said: “Over the years Kyle has made it enormously difficult for me to move on.

“We have two children together and I do not want them seeing frightening behaviour like this.”

Imposing a sentence, the judge said: “You are 34 years of age with a very poor antecedent history.

“You have 84 convictions over the past 17 years.

“You have been sentenced by all types of disposal including sentences of imprisonment.”

He said he accepted Craddock had “many problems” in his life but told him: “It is up to you to decide whether or not to take the help which is available to you.”

He jailed him for 16 months and ordered he serve an additional six weeks of a sentence which was previously suspended.