Grieving brother jailed after breaking ASBO

A BEREAVED 20-year-old who got drunk near the anniversary of his brother’s death has been jailed for breaching his anti-social behaviour order (ASBO).

Jordan Battams’ sibling died in 2007 from a methadone overdose and on January 18 this year the defendant had been drinking when he had an argument with his mum and was told to leave his mother’s home.

He was later found by police, drunk and slumped in a doorway with two cans of sealed beer in a bag.

Eastbourne magistrates heard Battams, of Langney Road, has also taken a moped without permission months earlier and been involved in a collision.

Prosecutor Heather Salvage told the court that the owner of the vehicle had been playing football, put his crash helmet and keys down by the goal posts but noticed later that they were missing.

Magistrates heard that a witness had described how they had been driving nearby when the moped cut in front of them and collided with a car.

Police were called and after providing a positive breath test he was taken to the police station where he gave a reading of 87mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Battams, whose family members sat at the back of court, had already pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, no insurance and driving without a valid licence.

On Wednesday, February 1, he admitted breaching his ASBO and changed his plea from not guilty to guilty for aggravated vehicle taking.

Robert Gregory, defending, asked for credit for his client’s guilty pleas for no insurance, drink driving and having no licence. adding, “For the breach of ASBO the first time in, he gave an early guilty plea and I ask for full credit.

“He had been drinking at his mother’s house said he was feeling depressed because it was coming up to the anniversary of the death of his brother.

“He says he was very close to his brother, there was an element of Jordan looking up to his brother.”

Mr Gregory said his client was then asked to leave and ended up falling asleep, adding, “As soon as he stepped on the pavement he was in breach because he was in public, he was on his way to a friend’s house he became emotional and was drunk.

“I’ve only been in Eastbourne two-and-a-half-weeks what I already know is that unfortunately Jordan is well known to the court and the magistrates.

“I said to him what he thinks his problem is and he said he thinks it is alcohol, Then he said he ‘knows it’s alcohol’, he has had alcohol intervention in the past but for one reason or other it hasn’t worked.

“He can’t stop being an alcoholic overnight, he is an adult but I would say a rather naive, young adult.”

Mr Gregory asked magistrates to give Battams one more chance and look at options to rehabilitate him .

However, magistrates sentenced an emotional Battams to 16 weeks in a Young Offenders Institute for aggravated vehicle taking, driving with excess alcohol and breaching his ASBO.

Battams, who had earlier been given an interim disqualification, was also banned from driving for 20 months.

He was also disqualified for 12 months for aggravated vehicle taking which will run concurrently and must pay £400 compensation to the moped owner.

He was given no separate penalty for driving with no insurance and driving without a valid licence.