Ban for teen after ‘psycho’ boast

A teenager has been banned from an Ilkeston street after asking a former girlfriend: “Do you want to see how much of a psycho I really am?”.

Scott Marriott then lifted up his sleeve to show a baseball bat hidden there, Derby Crown Court heard.

He was ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work in the community and must spend 24 hours at an attendance centre, pay £85 prosecution costs and a £60 government surcharge.

The court was told the incident took place because he did not accept the end of a relationship with a teenage Ilkeston girl last year.

They exchanged texts but she refused to change her mind.

Marriott then visited the girl on January 1 and told her: “You don’t understand, I still love you. I am crazy about you,” said Gary Short, prosecuting.

He began to wave his arms around and put his forehead onto hers before making the psycho comment.

But he kept the bat in his sleeve, added Mr Short.

Marriott, 18, of Lower Brook Street, Long Eaton, admitted having an offensive weapon and was told by Recorder Adrienne Lucking: “The way you behaved was like a puerile schoolboy.

“You have to understand if a young woman doesn’t want further contact, you simply have to put up with it. That is real life.”

The Recorder imposed a restraining order which bars him from contacting the girl or two of her relatives. He must not enter the street where she lives.

Caroline Bradley (defending) said he pleaded guilty immediately and told the court: “This defendant is particularly remorseful for his actions. He has the potential to engage well with society.”