Teenager in custody after rampage

A TEENAGER who went on a drunken rampage and assaulted six members of the public has been sent to a young offenders institute for 18 months.Derek Bias, 19, attacked his victims on February 15 after drinking several cans of lager and shots of vodka and was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court.

A TEENAGER who went on a drunken rampage and assaulted six members of the public has been sent to a young offenders institute for 18 months.

Derek Bias, 19, attacked his victims on February 15 after drinking several cans of lager and shots of vodka and was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court.

Bias, who lives with his mother in Vernon Road in Ipswich, sobbed in the dock as the details of his offences were relayed to the judge.

The court heard how the teenager had previously admitted attacking a young couple as they waited at Ipswich Bus Station before scuffling with a group of young men enjoying a night out as they walked along Upper Brook Street.

He had also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage, threatening behaviour and committing actual bodily harm when he attacked a woman near her home after she tried to dissolve a row between members of a group of children.

Judge Neil McKittrick said Bias's explanation that he had woken up at 5am in a police station the next morning with “no recollection” of the crimes offered no mitigation.

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He said: “The public is clearly at some risk. The 15th (of February) seems to be a day when you were at home, waiting for the delivery of a household appliance, filling yourself with lots of Stella and a not insignificant amount of vodka.

“Then you say you hold your hands up and you can't remember anything else. I'm afraid for a 19-year-old it's not good enough. It's an unacceptable, immature and improper stance to take.

“You picked on a range of people you didn't know in and around Ipswich. A lady, drawn to the attention of some screaming children near where she lived.

“She went to try to assist and for her pains she was struck several times to the body. She fell over as a result of your actions and you kicked her several times.

“This was a woman who was unknown to you and with whom there had been no grievance.

“There's no suggestion at all in any sense that she was aggressive - she was only doing what a good citizen should do in these circumstances.

“That same day you go to a public place and, having kicked-in the door, off to the bus station you go and you pick on a boy and a girl. You biff each of them, causing each of them discomfort.

“Then, up Upper Brook Street where you encounter a group of young men and you biff a number of them, punching them, causing cuts, bleeding and bruising.

“I don't think that young people waiting at a bus station or going to have a night out with their pals deserve to be punched, bruised, have cuts to them and frankly I don't want to accept that.”

Bias also has two outstanding charges relating to alleged assaults committed while on bail and will appear at Ipswich Magistrates' Court next month.

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