Problem teen spared jail after town centre incident

A PROBLEM teenager has been spared jail for an episode of drunken disorder and damage.

Jamie Godley, 19, was subject to a two-year anti-social behaviour order and a suspended prison sentence at the time of the offence in Prospect Street, Alfreton.

Godley, who lives in supported accommodation and receives £220 a week in benefits, caused trouble after getting drunk at the home of a friend of his sister.

Chesterfield magistrates heard that he staggered around and shouted abuse in the street following the friend’s arrest at 2am on August 23.

He told police to get off her and tried to push past them and he was taken to the ground and arrested, said Helen Griffiths, prosecuting.

He shouted further abuse at police and he was handcuffed and placed in a caged police vehicle, the court heard.

“He was shouting and screaming en-route to the police station and he kicked the inside of the cage with a lot of force about 50 times, causing a 50cm-long split to a door.”

Godley, of Staveley Road, Poolsbrook, admitted being drunk and disorderly and damaging property, and breaching a 16-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months.

The court heard he had previous convictions for disorder, damage, racially-aggravated assault, possessing a blade in public, and offences towards police officers.

Presiding magistrate Pat Boyle decided not to activate the suspended jail sentence and imposed a 7pm to 7am curfew for four weeks.

She also fined him £115, with £85 costs, saying: “We appreciate you are trying to turn your life around.

“Behave yourself in future or you may need to bring your toothbrush next time.”

Godley’s solicitor Julia Bosworth said he had “a very poor upbringing” and suffered from an attention deficit disorder and learning difficulties.

She said he had tried to manage his problems by drinking and he and his sister encouraged each other to drink, which got them both into trouble.

“His sister doesn’t agree with his relationship with a young man, but this male has a calming influence on him and the hope is they can live together and have a stable relationship,” said Ms Bosworth.

The court was told that Godley’s sister had been dealt with at a separate hearing.