ASBO breach teen is spared prison

Vincent Foster, 18.
Vincent Foster, 18.
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A TEENAGER, who breached the conditions of his ASBO just three weeks after release from prison, has been spared jail.

Derby Magistrates Court heard on Thursday that Vincent Foster had been complying with the terms of the five-year order ‘rather well’ until December 8 when he verbally abused his cousin in Ilkeston Market Place.

Sanjay Jerath, prosecuting, said Ebony Newton had ‘felt threatened’ by Foster when he told her to get her dad down so he ‘could kick his head in’.

Foster admitted breaching his ASBO but claimed to police that Ms Newton had started the argument.

Lorna Bennett, defending, said the 19-year-old, who lives in a hostel in Heanor Road, was looking to enrol on a catering course.

“He is a young man in need of rehabilitation as well as punishment,” she said. “His licensing conditions are helping him a great deal in securing long term employment prospects.

“He is extremely sorry about what happened on that day.”

Foster had been sent to a young offenders’ institution in July 2011 for offences including biting a police officer’s arm and had been free just 22 days when the argument happened.

Miss Bennett added: “Mr Foster is making great steps in trying to sort himself out and fully accepts he should have walked away.”

District Judge Caroline Goulbourn ordered Foster to be electronically curfewed from 7pm to 7am for eight weeks.

“You put yourself in a pretty difficult position just by being mouthy in the street,” she said.

“I am not going to send you back into custody but this is your one and only chance.”

Foster was asked to pay £85 costs and handed a supervision order for six months.