Thug would rather have ‘drugs than a part­ner’

MAN ‘OUT OF IT’ ON DRUGS PULLED OUT A KNIFE IN PARK

Hull Daily Mail - - NEWS - By Si­mon Bris­tow Court Re­porter si­mon.bris­tow@reach­plc.com

A MAN who was “out of it” on spice and heroin pulled out a knife in a busy pub­lic park and was seen “throw­ing him­self at road signs”.

Jake Bodel, 21, who “prefers drugs to a re­la­tion­ship”, had just been made home­less with his part­ner when he was seen ha­rangu­ing her in Pick­er­ing Park, west Hull, at 6pm on June 6, Hull Crown Court heard.

Bodel was shout­ing at and de­mand­ing drugs from his part­ner, who was al­ready in tears when a woman in her early 20s, who was walk­ing dogs with her fam­ily, came upon the scene.

Phillip Evans, pros­e­cut­ing, said Bodel turned his at­ten­tion to her, and be­gan shout­ing threats, in­clud­ing: “Do you want a f ****** fight? Are you start­ing?” He also pointed at her, say­ing to the fam­ily: “You are all f ****** dead soon.”

The dog walker took Bodel’s threats se­ri­ously, was “ex­tremely ap­pre­hen­sive about the sit­u­a­tion”, and called po­lice.

Mr Evans said: “It was six o’clock on a June evening; there were young chil­dren in the park with their par­ents, and on wit­ness­ing these events the par­ents were mar­shal­ing their chil­dren to safety.”

Bodel then went into one of two bags his part­ner was car­ry­ing and pulled out a “table knife”, which he pulled across his fore­arm, draw­ing blood. He then pushed his part­ner to the ground and “launched an at­tack on her, punch­ing her to the face, head and body and kick­ing her with his feet”.

The dog walker was watch­ing and “feared that Mr Bodel would mete out the same kind of vi­o­lence to her, the de­fen­dant still hav­ing the knife in his hand”, Mr Evans said.

But she nonethe­less “found the courage” to shout at Bodel to put the knife down, which he did.

He then re­verted to say­ing he wanted to kill him­self and con­tin­u­ing to de­mand drugs.

Po­lice ar­rived and ar­rested Bodel, tak­ing steps to pre­vent him harm­ing him­self fur­ther. Bodel ad­mit­ted as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm and threat­en­ing with a bladed ar­ti­cle.

He had 20 pre­vi­ous of­fences on his record, in­clud­ing bur­glar­ies, theft and vi­o­lence.

“He’s had a lot of com­mu­nity or­ders [sen­tences], hasn’t he?” said Judge Mark Bury. “It doesn’t seem to do him much good.”

Ian Du­rant, mit­i­gat­ing, said the in­ci­dent was “not only odd, but par­tic­u­larly un­savoury”.

Not­ing a de­scrip­tion of Bodel by the dog walker, Mr Du­rant said: “This de­fen­dant was in­deed ‘out of it’ on a cock­tail of heroin and spice, both he and [his part­ner] hav­ing been made home­less some­time ear­lier on.

“It quickly de­vel­oped into an un­savoury in­ci­dent and the de­fen­dant fully ac­cepts that the wit­nesses, no­tably [the dog walker] and her fam­ily would have been greatly alarmed and dis­tressed.

“He wanted to kill him­self, and wit­nesses de­scribed his be­hav­iour, throw­ing him­self at road signs and bang­ing his head on static ob­jects want­ing to harm him­self.”

Jail­ing Bodel for two years, the judge told him it was clear from the cir­cum­stances of the in­ci­dent and from what he told the pro­ba­tion ser­vice “that you are some­body who likes tak­ing spice”.

He said: “You say to the pro­ba­tion ser­vice you pre­fer it, that is to say drugs, to a re­la­tion­ship. You show no mo­ti­va­tion at all for want­ing to give it up.

“The fact that you had taken spice vol­un­tar­ily and be­haved in this way un­der its in­flu­ence is an ag­gra­vat­ing fea­ture.

“This was a par­tic­u­larly un­pleas­ant in­ci­dent for any­body to wit­ness.

“You were bang­ing your head against road signs and wav­ing a knife around, threat­en­ing and shout­ing – it’s to­tally un­ac­cept­able, and you don’t seem to want to give any of this up.”

Jake Bodel was jailed for two years

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