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Ex-Hollywood actor robbed Newcastle home after missing last bus while drunk UK News

A disgraced former Hollywood actor has robbed a downtown home after missing the last bus home drunk.

Jason Hoganson’s life spiraled out of control after he starred in the 1988 film Empire State as he struggled to cope with success and a traumatic childhood. Hoganson’s alcohol and drug abuse and offenses over the years have now seen him rack up more than 100 convictions, a court heard.

His last offense occurred on April 19 this year just after midnight when he entered a property in Groat Market, Newcastle. A resident saw him in his room and he asked for a cigarette before leaving.

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Newcastle Crown Court heard a doorman from the nearby bar, Cozy Joes, approach the victim and said he believed a homeless man had made his way through a common entrance. When Hoganson left a few minutes later, one of the residents followed him while giving a description to police over the phone.

Jason Hoganson jailed for burglary

Police caught up with him in a lane between Cloth Market and High Bridge and he was arrested and found in possession of a cap and jacket belonging to another resident. CCTV showed him entering the residence and leaving 20 minutes later with the clothes.

Hoganson, 51, of Parsons House, Battle Hill, Wallsend, pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for eight months by Judge Sarah Mallett.

Nick Lane, defending, said that despite Hoganson’s previous record of 103 convictions, he was not a habitual burglar. He added: “He had consumed alcohol and missed the last bus home. In his drunken state he behaved as your honor heard and very much regrets his actions.

“Through me, he would like to apologize to the occupants of the address as he understands they would have been alarmed by his actions.”

Mr Lane said Hoganson was a ‘sad case’ as he had a traumatic childhood, having been taken into care at 13 and coping with his problems by abusing alcohol and drugs. He added: “His life could have been very different.

“In 1988, he got a major role in a Hollywood movie, Empire State, but he couldn’t cope with his success in the role and (his traumatic childhood).

“In his own words, he talks about tumbling down hills and finding his life stable again, then a setback that led him to more illicit substance use and a spiraling mental health crisis. He says he knows he should be dead by now considering the abuse he has suffered, he has self-harmed and has extensive scarring on his face and other parts of his body.

“He now has a relationship with a woman and he wants to stop using drugs and focus on her. Due to convictions and offences, he has only seen his mother twice in the last six years.”

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