Young offender setenced for abuse

TEENAGE tearaway Tiran Gull is today facing a six-month supervision order – and has had his identity revealed to the public – after breaching his Anti-Social Behaviour Order.

TEENAGE tearaway Tiran Gull is today facing a six-month supervision order – and has had his identity revealed to the public – after breaching his Anti-Social Behaviour Order.

The 15-year-old youngster, of Whitton Church Lane, Ipswich, who breached his Asbo when he verbally abused a man, was yesterday made subject to the supervision order.

The teenager, who had previously denied the charge, was found guilty at an earlier hearing.

Even though Gull is under the legal age for identification in normal circumstances, the Evening Star won the right to publish the fact that Gull has breached his Asbo as part of our ongoing campaign to highlight the progress of persistent young offenders through the courts.


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David Taylor, prosecuting, yesterday told South East Suffolk Magistrates Court that on August 3 Gull had followed a Mr Kennedy along Byron Road in Ipswich and had hurled obscenities at him.

He then mounted the pavement on his bicycle, riding in front of Mr Kennedy.

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Diana Infanti, mitigating, said: "He still does not accept he committed this offence. But Tiran does accept that the court has found him guilty and he has accepted his punishment.

"The Asbo was made in 2002 and no offences have been committed since that time.

"It is a mark of his changed behaviour."

Chairman of the bench Bernard Hines, who also ordered Gull's mother to pay £75 compensation to Mr Kennedy, said: "You were found guilty of this offence following a trial.

"Since the Asbo was imposed, you went some 15 months before committing an offence.

"We have given you credit for the fact that you stayed out of trouble before this offence.

"The Asbo will remain in place. If you commit another offence then it is very, very likely that a detention and training order will be made."

Gull, who aspires to be a bricklayer, was made subject to a three-year Asbo in October 2002.

This came after Gull committed 15 offences in a three-year period, including vandalism, stone throwing, racial abuse, assaults and theft.

The order banned Gull from any Ipswich Borough Council owned leisure facilities, including Crown Pools swimming baths, Whitton Sports and Community Centre, Gainsborough Sports Centre, Northgate Sports Centre and Maidenhall Sports Centre.

The order also stated that he must not enter Shakespeare Road, Meredith Road, Spenser Road and Highfield Road, except for attending a doctor's appointment under the supervision of his mother.

He was also banned from behaving in any way that causes alarm distress or harassment to other people and from entering the Ipswich and Norwich Cooperative store in Meredith Road.

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