Teen breaches ASBO 22 days after release

Vincent Foster, 18.
Vincent Foster, 18.

A TEENAGER has admitted verbally abusing his cousin in Ilkeston Market Place just three weeks after being released from prison.

Under the terms of an ASBO handed to Vincent Foster in July 2011, he was ordered not to engage in activity which causes harassment, alarm or distress.

But Derby Magistrates heard last Thursday that the 19-year-old, formerly of Kirk Hallam, now of Heanor Road, broke the terms of the order – meant to last for five years – when he shouted at Ebony Newton, shortly after leaving the Sir John Warren pub on Thursday December 8.

A statement from Ms Newton was read aloud at Derby Magistrates Court last Thursday by Peter Bettany, prosecuting, in which she claimed Foster swore at her and told her to bring her father and boyfriend down so he could ‘kick their heads in’.

“I felt intimidated, scared and embarrassed by his behaviour,” read Mr Bettany.

When Foster was interviewed by police two days later, he admitted telling her to bring her father down so he could ‘sort him’ and apologised for being in breach of the ASBO.

Lorna Bennett, defending, said that Foster’s version of events was different.

She said Ms Newton had asked Foster what he was looking at and ‘started to talk to her friend quite loudly’ about his recent spate in a young offender’s institution.

“He doesn’t accept that he said ‘get your boyfriend and I will kick his head in’,” explained Miss Bennett.

She added: “He fully accepts he shouldn’t have said what he said to her. That caused her some distress,”

Miss Bennett said Foster had ‘complied well’ with the terms of his ASBO up to this point.

Mr Bettany told the court that Foster was still under licence until March 21, 2012.

It was revealed in court that Foster could no face another custodial sentence.

Magistrate Tim Court said he needed to consult guidelines and liaise with probation officers before sentencing Foster today (Thursday).

Foster was slapped with the ASBO on July 28 last year when he was jailed for nine months at Derby Magistrates Court for a string of offences, including biting a police officer’s arm, possession of drugs and racially abusing a Kirk Hallam shopkeeper.

He was released on Wednesday November 16, when the terms of the order kicked in.