A teenager who threatened two police community support officers (PCSOs) with a knife before throwing it at one of them has been jailed for three years.Mitigation’s going to be good!
Ryan Preston – branded a menace to society by his own barrister….Oh dear…
Teesside Crown Court heard how the Darlington teenager has been in trouble since school, when he started drinking alcohol and taking drugs.Open and shut case, then?
He has previous convictions for burglary, being drunk and disorderly, assault and attacking a police officer, prosecutor Shaun Dodds told the court.
On September 30 last year – while on bail as a burglary suspect – Preston approached the two PCSOs as they spoke to children in Darlington town centre.
He jumped off his bike and pulled out a kitchen knife which he brandished, before lunging towards the officers shouting: “Come on, lock me up.”
But his barrister obviously felt he needed to at least make a semblance of effort:
Jim Withyman, mitigating, said Preston, of Cartmell Terrace, Darlington, had a “destructive” childhood. He said the three months Preston had spent on remand had “made him realise that with this lifestyle he will spend ever longer in prison”.Really? But then, it seems to be what he wants, doesn’t it?
“When sober and not under the influence of drugs, he is a pleasant young man. However, when in drink and on drugs, he is clearly a menace to his community,” he added.Well, unless the drink and drugs sneak up on him and force themselves down his throat, I can’t see how they can be excuses?
The comments are, as always, chavtastic:
preston11 says...No, I think us normal people will stay here, and the likes of young Master Preston will get gone. Sadly, though, never for long enough:
This is one artical that explains nothing in his life!As people that don't know him as a person why on earth do you comment? get a life! People have an oppinion but not knowing him and commenting is SAD! Coming from this family is MINT! We all have a life and if you don't like the way we live it GET GONE!
mitcho88 says...Yes, clearly the PCSOs and police have some mind-warping ray that makes an otherwise ‘nice lad’ act so….
first of people cant comment on his mam or his upbringing shes a good mum n ryans a good lad.all u know of him is what you av read the pcso's n police in darlington r backward if your name is know even if you try change they dont let you n he hasnt killed anyone hows he an oxygen theif??
kristal27 says...Well, ‘Kristal’, you’ve got me there. I’m not under 40, but even if I was 21, I think I’d be struggling to understand how the ‘hopelessness and frustration’ might drive me to get off my face and throw knives at the police…
This Lad, like thousands of others his age need 2 years of National Service where they can learn self-respect and a trade. You lot may like to get off on your pontification and type your witty answers but i doubt any of you are under 40 therefore no idea of the hopelessness and frustrations young kids have these days. No I don't condone throwing a knife at the Police, but why turn this into a total denegration of this lad and his family - or in terms you lot may understand better - stop slagging off this lad and his family, but for the grace of god and all that.....