Asbo-breach teen walks free

TEEN tearaway Jason Nicholls was given four weeks custody for breaching his anti-social order – but was back out on the streets today.Jobless Nicholls, 18, admitted going into Lindbergh Road, Ipswich, – a road he is banned from under the terms of his Asbo.

TEEN tearaway Jason Nicholls was given four weeks custody for breaching his anti-social order – but was back out on the streets today.

Jobless Nicholls, 18, admitted going into Lindbergh Road, Ipswich, – a road he is banned from under the terms of his Asbo.

He walked free from court as he had already served three weeks awaiting sentence.

The court heard it was his first breach of the Asbo imposed a year ago at the town's magistrates' court on November 11.


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Prosecutor Stephen Coleman said he breached his Asbo after driving into Lindbergh Road.

Magistrates were also told he drove without insurance or an MoT certificate and without a valid licence, which he admitted.

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Prosecutor Stephen Coleman said a police officer drove up behind a black Ford Escort driven by Nicholls, of Cody Road, Ipswich. He pulled away, about three to four feet before stopping.

He said: "The officer spoke to him and over the radio discovered there was an Asbo against him."

The court heard Nicholls was sentenced to 96 days in a young offenders' institute in August this year for breaching his community rehabilitation and community punishment orders.

Michael Stephenson, mitigating, said Asbos create a double penalty for criminal behaviour.

He said Nicholls, who has previous convictions, has done remarkably well by staying within the terms of his order.

He said: "If I was asked to put money on him to stay out of trouble for two years I did think he would have done it. I honestly think he has done incredibly well.

"From November 11 2002 to date (and we are now talking about November 20 this year, a good 12 months) he didn't breach the order and did not commit a criminal offence.

"The Asbo kept him out of trouble really. If someone were to ask me to put money on it, I wouldn't have.

"The people in the Nacton Road area of Ipswich have been protected by the Asbo. It's worked hasn't it?"

Mr Stephenson said Nicholls is in a steady relationship, which has contributed to him keeping out of trouble and hopes for a job.

The court heard Nicholls had gone to great lengths to avoid the roads he has been banned from – including Lindbergh Road.

But on the day he "blew it," said Mr Stephenson.

The court heard Nicholls moved the car a short distance to a garden for him and a friend to do up. He drove the vehicle because his friend was a disqualified driver.

Mr Stephenson told the court: "I think he was under a little bit of pressure from his friend. He had a bad feeling about it as he spent a year keeping out of Lindbergh Road."

Magistrates fined him £50 and gave him eight points on his licence, £25 for the licence offence and £25 for driving without an MoT.

The court heard he already has six points on his licence so he was given a six month driving ban.

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