Ashfield drug addict chased man around his car with a hammer because he claimed he owed him money

A drug addict chased a man around his car in a Sutton street with a hammer because he claimed he owed him money, a court heard.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 6:17 pm

Adam Elliott was arrested shortly after the incident on December 28 last year following the incident on Alfred Street, Sutton, which also involved two other members of the public.

Nottingham Crown Court was told on Thursday, March 11, that Elliott had approached the man wearing a balaclava on a stolen bike – and shouted ‘where’s my f****** money?’

At the time, the man had been to visit a relative and was out in the street with two neighbours who were helping him to jump-start his car, the court was told.

Nottingham Crown Court, where Adam Elliott was sentenced

He then demanded money from the other two, frisking the female and grabbing her breast in the process, said Gregor Purcell, prosecuting.

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The three managed to make their escapes after one of them threw a handful of change on the floor, and Elliott ‘scrabbled for it’.

When Elliott was spotted by police, riding the bike on Mansfield Road, Sutton, shortly afterwards, he tried to swerve past them but was detained and wrestled to the ground.

He was then taken to King’s Mill Hospital to be treated for some unspecified injuries and tried to make a run for it – so had to be cuffed and put in leg restraints, the court heard.

The 37-year-old committed the offence just two months after he was given a community order for a string of thefts.

The court heard that Elliott, whose c/o address was Victoria Street, Eastwood, was largely homeless and had stayed at various addresses around the Ashfield area.

He admitted robbery, two counts of attempted robbery, three counts of resisting a police officer, possession of a Class B drug and breaching a community order.

A separate charge of possession of an offensive weapon was ordered to lie on the court file.

Mitigating, Paul Wright told the court: “His life had been blighted by his addiction to Class A drugs.”

Sentencing Elliott to 40 months in prison, Judge Stuart Rafferty QC told him: “You involved two innocent members of the public who had done nothing to you. The woman was terrified because you manhandled her and touched one of her breasts, and you were wearing a balaclava.”

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