Timothy Gascoyne, defending, said the youth's girlfriend was expecting their child and was 'keen to be there when the scans take place'.
He said: "You could lock him up. He's aware of that. He tells me he's no longer high risk. He wants to be out of trouble. We're not dealing with an adult. We're dealing with a youth."Albeit a youth who’s impregnated another youth.
He said the report suggested something 'more constructive' could be done with him.Oh, I agree. I suspect we differ on just what would fall under that heading of ‘more constructive’, though…
The youth told the court: "I should not have done it. I think I may have done it because I did not have a stable life."
Although he had written a letter of apology to the court he had not written one to any of those he injured. He said: "I didn't get any address or anything. "That’s modern day chav youths for you. Full of great intentions when it might earn you a court reprieve, yet lacking on the actual follow-through…
So, what exactly did he do?
The 17-year-old crashed the Ford Mondeo into a parked car in Tunnel Hill, Worcester, knocked over a wall, injured two pedestrians and the front seat passenger who needed to have an operation in hospital.
To evade police the driver, who was already banned from driving when he got behind the wheel, fled through a stranger's house, pretending to be a police officer while a 'distressed' 67-year-old woman lay bleeding from a head wound caused by the crash.
Peter Jewell, the chairman of the magistrates bench, said: "I can tell you now you are very lucky that you're not here for causing death by dangerous driving or manslaughter or whatever else." The front seat passenger suffered a dislocated elbow, multiple abrasions and needed a shoulder operation. Another pedestrian, Jillian Change, suffered a soft tissue injury to her leg.
The defendant was spotted in Fairmount Road in Brickfields where he produced a driving licence that was not his and gave a false name to the police. He was then arrested at 10.42am.Ah. Bless! The little scamp…
Peter Jewell, the chairman of the magistrates bench, placed the youth on an intensive support and surveillance programme which will include a six month youth rehabilitation order.
He said: "If you hiccup once in simple colloquial language, you're going down. It's not 'if' it's 'for how long'. If you breach you will go down for over 12 months. The youth will have to complete 20 hours a week of specified activities which will drop down to 15 hours per week after three months.
He was also placed under supervision for 18 months and placed on an electronically monitored curfew between 12.15pm and 5.30am for the next nine months, an order which was adjusted to allow him to work.
The youth was disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay compensation to Margaret Jones of £200 for her injuries and to Jillian Change of £125. He must also complete an extended driving retest.That’ll teach him…