No ASBO For Boy Who Wants To Stop Being A Yob

MAGISTRATES refused to imposed a second ASBO on Ely teenager Lee Statham after being told that he realises “there is more to life than being a yob.”

MAGISTRATES refused to imposed a second ASBO on Ely teenager Lee Statham after being told that he realises “there is more to life than being a yob.”

Statham’s first anti-social behaviour order ended last August -- and city magistrates were told that his offending behaviour had considerably reduced while it was in force.

The 19-year-old was in court to be sentenced for an affray he caused when gate crashing a New Year’s Eve party -- but his solicitor Gill McGivern said that incident was a “one -off” situation, and he had not offended since that date.

The court heard that Statham was drunk and totally out of control when he turned up at the party uninvited, and he kicked a door, shouted, and assaulted three people. During the incident he was hit over the head with a bottle, and an ambulance was called.


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Mitigating, and refuting the need for another ASBO, Ms McGivern said: “He has always maintained he went back into the house and assaulted people after he was bottled. He has a history of reckless behaviour that has virtually ceased. He realises there is more to life than being a yob.”

Statham, of High Barns, was given an 18-month community order with supervision; he must attend an aggression replacement training course, carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, and pay �75 costs.

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Presiding magistrate Mary Rone told Statham: “We think you are growing up, we believe the community order will give you the help you need.”

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