Meowmeow attacker jailed

Issue 537



A THUG burst into a Batley home and threatened to slash the occupants with a knife unless he got some drugs, a court heard.



Benjamin Spence, 20, entered the house on Common Road on May 4 and confronted two women, a teenage girl and a man.



He demanded the man get him some ‘Meow Meow’, the nickname of a drug called Mephedrone that is also known as MCAT.



Spence, of Ealand Road, wanted everyone’s mobile phones to check for drug dealer contacts when told there was no ‘Meow Meow’.



Leeds Crown Court heard Spence took an iPhone from the girl and next went to the kitchen to grab a 10inch knife.



He threatened to slash them before one of the women tried to wrestle the knife from him, leaving her with a cut hand.



Spence, who was on bail for a string of other offences at the time, stole an iPod from the girl and a Blackberry phone as he fled.



The court heard Spence was first charged with assaulting the landlord of the West End pub on Commercial Street, Batley, on January 6.



He later had a street brawl with his uncle in which Spence threatened several people with what was thought to be a Samurai sword.



Spence also used a brick to smash the car of a man who tried to intervene. The raid in Common Road came while he was on bail for that offence.



Judge Christopher Batty jailed Spence, who has 19 previous convictions, for five years for robbery, assault and public order offences.



He said Spence’s deprived background was a mitigating factor against an indefinite sentence despite the nature of the crimes.



Judge Batty said: “If ever there was a case of two sides to someone, it’s you. 



“You're antisocial to the public at large but it’s not entirely down to you. 



“You’ve had issues with depression and have never had a father figure as a proper role model.”





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