Colne teen in court for ‘disgraceful little incident’

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.
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A teenager kicked out and caused damage exactly a year after a “mad” vandalism spree when he was armed with a baseball bat swinging it at a cyclist and an off-duty police officer, a court heard.

Burnley Crown Court was told how in his latest outburst, in the early hours, Oscar Hope (19) was abusive towards his mother and was demanding cigarettes after a day of drinking.

He’s put his mother through an awful lot


She contacted her own mother to come and calm him down and he was told to leave the property.

The court heard he replied: “You can’t make me go. I will show you”.

He stormed out and kicked the letter box off before booting the wing mirror off a neighbour’s car, causing £150 damage.

The hearing was told Hope, who was said to work hard and play hard, struck on November 7th, a year to the day he had had a cocktail of drink and cocaine before he set about two vehicles - a Vauxhall Astra and a Jeep Cherokee - and smashed a shop window in Colne, on November 7th, 2014.

Hope, of Cleveland Street, Colne, had, following that incident, admitted three counts of damage, one allegation of using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour, one of possessing an offensive weapon and also resisting police.

He was sentenced to seven months in detention, suspended for a year and must pay a total of £850 in compensation and costs.

Hope was back in the dock on Monday, and was spared jail again, after he admitted damage in breach of the suspended term and had been committed for sentence by Burnley magistrates.

He received a 12 month community order, with a 20 day rehabilitation activity requirement and 40 hours unpaid work.

The defendant was also fined £100.

Judge Ian Leeming QC told Hope his behaviour on this occasion had been a “disgraceful little incident”.

He added: “You are remorseful. I accept that.”

Tim Brennand (defending Hope) said he was a not working at the moment and could do unpaid work for the community.

Mr Brennand added that Hope had just signed for his local football team and was getting himself fit at a local gym.

The defendant, who had worked since he was 16, had been employed in cafés and bars.

Mr Brennand added: “His trouble is he works hard but he also plays hard as well.

“He’s full of remorse and he’s ashamed.

“He’s put his mother through an awful lot.

“He’s now showing some signs of growing up and some semblance of responsibility for his actions.”