A career criminal breached his Asbo when he threatened to stab a security guard with a needle, a court heard.
Frankie O’Donnell, who earlier this year was banned from the entire borough of Sandwell for five years, was back in court again after admitting stealing 40 packs of chewing gum from Poundland and the judge put him behind bars for a year.
The 27-year-old had an accomplice during the theft on September 16, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told, and then challenged a security guard who had chased after the pair into Dudley town centre.
During a struggle O’Donnell told the officer that if he didn’t let him go he would stab him with a needle.
The pair then ran off and O’Donnell was arrested at his home the following day.
Miss Joanne Barker, prosecuting, told the court: “There were two men, one selected gum and the other positioned himself to try and obscure the in-store security camera.
“The defendant and his friend were seen in Dudley town centre soon after.” The guard had followed them and the trio became involved in a scuffle. Miss Barker added: “The defendant told the security guard to let me go or I’m going to stab you with a needle.”
O’Donnell pleaded guilty to breaching the part of his Asbo which prohibited him from using or threatening to use violence, as well as theft and a public order offence. He had 44 previous convictions, relating to 27 offences.
Mr Jasvir Mann, defending his client, said O’Donnell’s Asbo Sandwell-based exclusion zone was too wide and that he had been restricted from seeing his immediate family.
He said O’Donnell had a drug problem which had got worse in recent weeks. Mr Mann added: “Sandwell may not be the world – it is to Mr O’Donnell.
“He has effectively moved to another country. His drug problems have returned again. On this fateful day he was shoplifting for a lifestyle he doesn’t have the funds to deal with. But there is hope for him.”
O’Donnell, of Reservoir Road in Rowley Regis, was sentenced to 12 months in prison. Judge Robin Onions told him: “In my assessment you’re a very young immature 27-year-old.
“You behaved in a quite disgraceful way, attempting to frighten the security officer. It’s about as bad a record as I’ve come across.
“You’ve got to start changing your behaviour. You have a history of disobedience of court orders – until you mend your ways you will be sentenced to custody.”