Hollywood actors fall from fame to court in Newcastle after missing bus home

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A fallen former Hollywood actor broke into a house while drunk and stole a cap and jacket before asking another resident for a cigarette, after missing the last bus home.

Jason Hoganson, who has over 100 convictions, had a significant role in movie Empire State in 1988 but has since struggled to deal with the success and a traumatic childhood.

On April 19 this year just after midnight he entered a property in Newcastle city centre before a resident became aware of him in his bedroom.

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Hoganson asked for a cigarette before leaving with a cap and jacket belonging to another resident.

Newcastle Crown Court heard a doorman at neighbouring bar, Cosy Joes, approached the victim and said he thought a homeless man had kicked his way in through a communal entrance.

When Hoganson left a few minutes later, one of the residents followed him while giving a description to police on the phone.

Police caught up with him in an alleyway and he was arrested and found to be in possession of the cap and jacket.

CCTV showed him entering the residence and leaving 20 minutes later with the clothing.

Hoganson, 51, of Wallsend, pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for eight months.

Nick Lane, defending, said despite Hoganson's previous record of 103 convictions, he is not a habitual burglar.

He added: "He had consumed alcohol and had missed the last bus home. In his inebriated state he behaved in the way your honour has heard and very much regrets his actions.

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"Through me, he would wish to apologise to the occupants in the address because he understands they would have been caused alarm by his actions."

Mr Lane said Hoganson's was a "sad case" as he had a traumatic childhood, having been taking into care at 13 and he has dealt with his issues by abusing drink and drugs.

He added: "His life could have been very different.

"In 1988 he had a significant role in a Hollywood film, Empire State but he was unable to deal with his success in the role and (his traumatic childhood)."


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