Jail threat to drunks who hit strangers
TWO teenagers who threatened and attacked strangers while on a drunken binge in Peterborough city centre have been told they face jail.
Stephen Bennett and Jason Clark, both aged 19, pleaded guilty to one count of using threatening or abusive words and behaviour at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The court heard they had spent a number of hours drinking in the College Arms pub in Broadway, Peterborough on May 19 before they were ejected from the pub for being too drunk.
After being kicked out at 9.30pm, the pair were then tracked by CCTV operators in the city as they walked down Broadway, punching metal shutters on shop doors before assaulting and threatening three strangers in the street.
Giles Beaumont, prosecuting, told the court that Bennett, of Gatenby, Werrington, Peterborough, had only been released from prison for a racially aggravated assault a week before going on the rampage.
He said: “It was 9.30pm when they were seen punching the metal shutters, probably doing more harm to themselves than the shops.
“There were not many people around at the time, but they tried to pick on everyone they saw.
“They approached a man in a black shirt near the Westgate area of the city and Bennett punched him in the head and in the chest.
“They then walked across the road where they went up to a couple of lads.
“Bennett hugged one of them as if they were friends, before they both punched the lads in the side of the head.
“They were then arrested by police who were approaching them in the street.
“Both said they were very drunk, putting themselves at seven or eight on a scale on one to 10. Bennett said he could not remember what happened.”
Mr Beaumont added that police had not traced any of the victims.
Martin Newton, defending Bennett, said: “Bennett has a problem with alcohol and has misused drugs.
“But he has not received any support for his problems in the past and he should receive some.”
Deputy District Judge Ken Gold-spring adjourned the case until June 23 for reports to be carried out but told the pair that custody was “almost inevitable”.
He said: “This was a very nasty incident.
“It must have been very frightening for members of the public who came across you.”
Clark, of Eastfield Road, Eastfield, Peterborough, was granted bail until the next hearing, which will be held at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.
Bennett was refused bail with Mr Gold-spring saying he was concerned he would fail to surrender and commit further offences while on bail.
KICKED OUT: Bennett and Clark were kicked out of The College Arms, in Broadway, Peterborough before their drunken rampage.