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Chester Crown Court sentences ‘nuisance’ criminal to jail for 17th ASBO breach

A DRUNKEN yob has been jailed after breaching an anti-social behaviour order 17 times.

A DRUNKEN yob has been jailed after breaching an anti-social behaviour order 17 times.

Francis Oldman, 42, who has 138 previous convictions, made his 69th court appearance on Tuesday at Chester Crown Court.

After originally denying the offence, Oldman chose to plead guilty on the day of trial to breaching his ASBO on September 10 last year.

Mark LeBrocq, prosecuting, said: “Following a report of loud music coming from a flat in Plas Dinas in Blacon the night before, two community support officers – one male and one female – paid a visit to the home of Mr Jones, who was something of a surrogate stepfather to the defendant.

“The defendant intervened and became verbally and physically abusive.”

Oldman, formerly of Plas Dinas, Blacon, used obscenities toward the male officer, who also said Oldman spit in his face as he was talking.

“He was quite clearly under the influence of drink and was very unpleasant,” added Mr LeBrocq.

Simon Christie, defending, said: “He admits that he was unpleasant and being right up to the officer’s face, but he denies spitting.”

A list of his previous convictions revealed offences of burglary, theft, handling, assault, drunk and disorderly behaviour, resisting arrest, shoplifting and criminal damage, resulting in a number of community orders and prison sentences.

Judge Elgan Edwards described him as ‘a thorough nuisance’.

Sentencing Oldman to 10 months and two weeks, he added: “This is the 17th breach and the sentences are getting longer.

“You drunkenly abused two community support officers who were only doing their duty and then you elected trial, at public expense, before pleading guilty on the afternoon of the trial.”

 

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