Suspended sentence for Plymouth youth who went on blood and hammer rampage
A YOUNG man "only just" escaped a jail sentence after a night's rampage which saw him spit blood over police and nurses.
Andre Icely, aged 18, appeared at Plymouth Crown Court after admitting to common assault on a female nurse at Derriford Hospital and a policeman who was taking him to custody on September 30 last year.
Icely, of Springhill, in Pennycross, had also admitted affray and two counts of criminal damage on the same day.
Prosecutor Nick Lewin told the court Icely had committed an "extremely ugly and frightening incident of violence" after turning up at a party in Duncombe Avenue, Honicknowle.
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A sleepover, involving a 16-year-old girl and her friends, had been crashed by three boys in the early hours, the court heard.
Icely – whom the girl knew only as a friend of the boys – had turned up a little later.
A row then broke out and Icely was asked to leave – but he returned wielding a claw hammer and smashed down the front door.
Mr Lewin said Icely smashed the girl's phone after forcing his way in.
He smashed up the family hi-fi unit, smeared his own blood – from a wound he suffered while breaking in – over the hall walls and damaged the back door.
His own father was called to calm him, but Mr Lewin said Icely was "completely out of control".
He was later arrested in Montacute Avenue, but remained "extremely violent".
He flicked blood into the face and eyes of one officer and spat blood at another. As he resisted the efforts of paramedics he was taken to Derriford Hospital, where he swore aggressively at nurses, saying he was going to "find them and stab them".
He tried to bite a doctor, spat at a nurse and another officer, the court heard.
When Icely was in custody at Launceston Police Station, he "deliberately" smeared his blood over the cell's walls, Mr Lewin said.
In mitigation, Jo Martin said Icely had "no memory of this incident, or little memory".
He had "significantly reduced his cannabis use", she said, and was "extremely remorseful".
Judge Paul Darlow told Icely his behaviour was "vicious, violent and frightening".
He said the police, paramedics, nurses and doctors whose role it was to safeguard the public and care for people did not deserve to endure such behaviour.
However, he said Icely would "only just" evade jail, due to his early guilty plea and his extreme remorse.
Passing a total of 74 weeks imprisonment for all the offences – suspended for two years – he also made Icely subject to a 12-month supervision order.
Icely was also ordered to pay £600 compensation at £25 a week.
The judge added: "You're still a young man. It's pretty critical which way your life goes. If you choose to throw it away or not, only you decide. Only you decide whether you and I meet again."