A NOTORIOUS troublemaker in Eastwood has been jailed for 19 months and slapped with a five-year ASBO (Anti-Social Behaviour Order) for a string of offences in the town.
Nathan Cope, of Lydia Gardens, was sentenced this week for escaping from custody, assaulting a police officer with intent to resist arrest, damaging a police vehicle and ABH after beating a man unconscious in a brutal attack.
The charges stem from three separate incidents that date back to March when Cope ran off from a police officer as he tried to arrest him on Coronation Park for being drunk and abusive.
Two months later he slapped an officer across the face and shouted obscenities at police as they tried to arrest him.
Nottingham Crown Court heard on Tuesday how police officers had been called out to a group of rowdy youths causing anti-social behaviour in Church Street, Eastwood, back in May.
Cope, 19, stuck his middle finger up to officers as they approached, and started shouting and swearing at them to get out the area and leave him and his friends alone.
As things got out of hand, members of the group tried to take the officers’ radios and CS spray.
Police attempted to arrest Cope and he slapped one of them across the face.
Prosecution barrister Sarah Munro said: “He continued constantly to scream abuse. He was put on the bonnet to try and handcuff him but he pulled away and slapped the officer in the face, damaging his glasses.
“He was kicking out at the police van and shouting in the car and was taken to the police station where he continued in the same vein.”
Cope was then re-arrested just weeks later while out on bail when he beat up Jack Bates outside Stepping Stones homeless hostel, also in Church Street.
Ms Munro told the court Cope and three friends beat Jack up in a ‘revenge attack’ for a fight he had been involved in earlier that day.
She said Jack’s girlfriend watched the attack, ‘screaming out’ for them to stop.
“They got him in a headlock and they were punching and kicking him,” she said. “He was unable to defend himself and his girlfriend was screaming out for it to stop.”
Ms Munro said Jack was knocked unconscious and was admitted to hospital with bruising all over his face and body.
In mitigation, defence barrister Steven Gosnell admitted Cope had a ‘horrible relationship’ with drink and drugs and his behaviour ‘went off the rails’ aged just 13. But he told the court: “He doesn’t provide an excuse for his behaviour. He takes full responsibility.”
Sgt Andy Browning – who described Cope as the group’s ‘ring leader’ – said since he had been taken off the streets in June, anti-social behaviour had gone down ‘month-on-month’.
Cope, who had previous convictions for harassment, theft and common assault, mainly caused problems in Princes Street and Coronation Park, according to Sgt Browning.
Judge John Teare described it as a ‘serious matter’ and sentenced Cope to one month for escaping custody on Coronation Park, three months for assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and damaging the police van and 15 months for ABH.
He has already served four months of his sentence and is expected to be out in seven-and-a-half months. On his release, his ASBO will put restrictions on where he can go and who he can see.