Menacing teen hit with court order

Court case
Court case

A RESTRAINING order has been imposed on a teenager whose menacing behaviour forced another man to hand over his belongings when he was followed through the streets.

The order bans Jamie Lee Hopson from making any form of contact with 21-year-old Keith Griffiths, from Askern, for the next two years.

The judge at Doncaster Crown Court also sentenced Hopson, 19, to 12 months’ supervision and attendance at a Thinking Skills programme for the theft, which he admitted.

Prosecutor Neil Coxon said Mr Griffiths went to a shop in Avenue Road, Askern, on July 26 to withdraw some money from the cash machine.

He was followed was confronted by the Hopson and another man in an alley and he felt so threatened he did not resist when his bag was taken. Hopson, of Park Road, Doncaster, told police he accepted his presence would have caused Mr Griffiths to be scared.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Griffiths said he had also had previous trouble with the defendant.

Hopson’s record included 17 convictions. His solicitor, Sarah Smith, said he had already been in custody 99 days awaiting trial and was not opposed to the restraining order.