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Burton teenager escapes jail despite hitting man with baseball bat

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

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A BURTON teenager who attacked his girlfriend’s uncle with a baseball bat narrowly escaped going straight to jail

Nathan Bloor offered to fight 35-year-old Darren Johnson after he accused him of allegedly spreading gossip about him.

He asked Mr Johnson to ‘come outside’, but Bloor was there with another youth and they started to chase him.

Geoffrey Dann, prosecuting, said Bloor’s girlfriend, Christine Gibson lost sight of them and she went to the back of her house where she saw her uncle lying on his side.

Bloor was armed with a baseball bat and hit Mr Johnson in the chest with it.

Police were called and traced Mr Johnson to the local hospital.

“He made it clear he didn’t wish to press charges,” said Mr Dann.

Bloor, 19, of St Modwens Close, Burton, who admitted charges of affray and possessing an offensive weapon, was given 12 months youth custody suspended for 18 months.

He has also been told to undergo a strict anger management programme.

The 19-year-old was also ordered to do 80 hours unpaid community work and to pay £250 costs.

Recorder Miss Rachel Brand told him: “Every time you have been in trouble with the police, it’s always been for fighting. Now we have you running around Burton with a bat.

“I know Mr Johnson was perfectly willing to fight you, but the fact is you started it, you took someone else with you and when [Mr Johnson] ran off because he saw the bat, you chased him. I don’t care what he was saying about you.

“I am going to give you one last chance.”

Austen Bannister, defending, said Bloor had confessed in a straightforward way to the police.

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