A TEENAGER has been jailed and slapped with an ASBO after a campaign of harassment, violence and drug use in Kirk Hallam.
Vincent Foster, 18, was jailed for nine months by Derby Magistrates on Thursday for a string of offences, including biting a policeman, racially abusing two shopkeepers and sending threatening, abusive texts to his former girlfriend.
At about 1pm on March 17, Foster leaned out of the window of his home above the Post Office in Queen Elizabeth Way to swear at an Asian customer and call him ‘turban man’ repeatedly, while children standing nearby laughed, Syma Akhtar, prosecuting, told the court.
When Pc Adam Price from Ilkeston police station later found Foster with a group of youths smoking cannabis, he ran home.
Foster and his mother tried to keep Pc Price out by holding the front door shut but, when he forced his way in, Foster ran upstairs and swore at the officer, telling him ‘You’re getting it now’.
When he tried to handcuff him, Foster bit his hand. He had to grab Foster by the neck to get him down the stairs, during which he bit the officer’s arm causing bruising, the court heard.
He was searched and found with £5 of cannabis. About £10 of the drug was found at his home after a search.
While on bail for these offences, owner of Food For Less in Queen Elizabeth Way, Kuldip Sandhu, stopped Foster from entering his store with his dog.
Foster reacted with a tirade of racial abuse, saying, ‘I’m going to kick his [Mr Sandhu’s] head in.’
Miss Akhtar said: “He was clearly offended by the defendant’s racial comments. He said he was always polite to the defendant. It was totally uncalled for.”
In a separate incident he swore at the owner of the Post Office, calling him ‘you immigrant’.
Foster was also caught sending abusive texts to his ex-girlfriend Emmy Austin.
They included taunts about her dead grandfather and threats of violence.
Foster was sentenced to 36 weeks in prison, minus the 14 days he has already served in custody.
In mitigation, Sarah Margiotta said: “He has been using his time wisely while in prison and taken advantage of educational options open to him and he is going to continue to do that.”
She added that he has been writing to his mother from custody. She said: “They are letters full of regret about his behaviour. Regret about what he has put her through.”
Foster was also given a five-year ASBO for the offences banning him from acting in a manner which causes harassment, being part of a group of more than three people, and racially abusing anyone. Under the conditions he must not visit Keswick Close in Kirk Hallam.
Insp Nick Daines at Ilkeston police station said after the sentencing “I am exceptionally pleased that the courts have recognised just how much distress this individual’s activities were causing to the local community.
“It should send out a strong message that we have listened to local people and taken action against the worst offenders but also serve due notice to his hangers-on that they can expect similar action if they follow in his footsteps.”