Redditch man given last chance to stop causing trouble

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A MAN has been banned from parts of Redditch and given a last chance to stop causing trouble.

Josh McKelvie, aged 22, of Longdon Close, Woodrow, was given a suspended sentence and a restraining order when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court to go with an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) already in force.

He pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm in an incident on November 14 last year, shortly after he was aware he was to get the ASBO, Daniel Oscroft, prosecuting, told the court.

Mr Oscroft said Sean Dawson, who had known McKelvie most of his life, was standing drinking from a bottle of cider he had bought from a nearby garage in Washford Drive, Redditch, at about 10.35pm. McKelvie arrived and there was an argument. McKelvie punched him with both fists in the face and he tried to defend himself but was knocked to the ground. He had bruising and a cut to his eyebrow and was treated in hospital.

Mr Oscroft said McKelvie had a long list of convictions starting when he was 14, including assaults on police officers and other offences of violence. In November last year, magistrates gave him an ASBO banning him from the Woodrow Centre, Chadwick Mews, and the Jolly Farmer pub, including its car park and beer garden.

Julia Powell, defending, said it had been a chance encounter with Mr Dawson and an argument had turned into a fight. McKelvie, she said, was aware he was now in the "last chance saloon" but there were signs he was starting to turn his life around. He planned to leave Redditch shortly and move with his pregnant girlfriend to Droitwich.

Judge Robert Juckes, QC, said McKelvie had a record as a fighter who kept getting into trouble.

"It may be unlikely that in reality you have turned a corner but there is a chance," he told McKelvie.

The judge gave him a nine months jail sentence suspended for two years with 18 months supervision and a requirement to do 25 sessions on a farm training programme,. He was also given a restraining order banning him from Accrington Close and Doverdale Close in Woodrow for five years, to run alongside the existing ASBO and a six month home curfew between 8pm and 7am.

The judge said McKelvie would be brought back before him if there was any breach of the orders and he would go straight to prison. He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation to Mr Dawson within 12 months.

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