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Corsa driver who committed “appalling catalogue” of crimes in his car is jailed

PUBLISHED: 15:14 02 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 02 February 2018

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A 22-year-old man who committed an “appalling catalogue of misdemeanours” in his Vauxhall Corsa has been banned from contacting his mother for a year and had his car taken away.

Bradley Cutler was also jailed for a mandatory six months after being caught twice with offensive weapons - a knuckle duster and a kitchen knife.

Appearing at Norwich Magistrates Court via video link from HMP Norwich on Thursday, Cutler admitted harassment, possessing an offensive weapon, criminal damage, and using threatening behaviour.

He had previously admitted three counts of drug driving between October 15 and November 22 last year and was convicted after trial of two assaults.

On November 22 he was almost five times the legal limit for cocaine.

Prosecutor Colette Harper told the court one count of criminal damage related to Cutler’s mother’s caravan at Belle Aire caravan park, which Cutler had tried to break into while people were staying there.

On November 3, outside the Centurion pub in Caister, an altercation occurred between Cutler and his former partner, the court heard. The mother of his ex and her husband were driving past at the time, and were both assaulted by Cutler, who also kicked the car’s wing mirror.

On January 10, Cutler’s mother was driving over Breydon Bridge when he undertook her in his Corsa, the court heard.

“The defendant drove round the roundabout three times directly behind her,” said Ms Harper. “She was forced to stop at the traffic lights and the defendant drove gently into the back of her vehicle. She applied the hand brake but could still feel the car being pushed. She was terrified and physically shaking.”

On January 23 police were called by a member of the public saying he had been threatened by the driver of a Vauxhall Corsa at George Street car park.

“He was in the car park to pick up his four year old son and partner,” said Ms Harper. “He hears a male shouting at them and speeding towards the vehicle shouting ‘I’m going to smash up your car’.

“The defendant is seen to approach the car and hits the rear window. The four year old child in the back is now screaming and starting to cry. He says he was in fear and worried for the safety of his family.”

When police arrived they found a kitchen knife in Cutler’s Corsa.

Chair of the bench Alan Lusher said Cutler had committed an “appalling catalogue of misdemeanours”.

“Three offences of driving under the influence of drugs could have ended up with much more serious consequences,” he said.

Jailed

Cutler, of Conway Road, Gorleston, was jailed for six months for possession of a bladed article, with eight weeks for threatening behaviour, eight weeks for harassment, eight weeks for one count of criminal damage, 12 weeks for the other criminal damage, eight weeks for one assault, 16 weeks for the other assault. All sentences will run concurrently.

For three counts of drug driving Cutler was disqualified for two years, and magistrates ordered deprivation of his car and forfeiture of the kitchen knife.

He was ordered to pay £500 compensation to his mother for her caravan, and £50 compensation each for the other criminal damage, the victims of the two assaults and for the harassment.

A restraining order was made he cannot contact Angela Cutler directly or indirectly for 12 months.

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