Jail for street thug, 20, who grabbed pregnant teenager around neck
A DRUNKEN thug tried to strangle a pregnant teenager in an unprovoked attack in the middle of a Derbyshire street.
Laurence Percival-Wilson grabbed the 17-year-old by the throat so hard that she "felt the buttons of her coat pop off" as she "struggled to breathe" during the attack on December 21.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was walking with friends down Plummer Road, in Newhall, when they came across Percival-Wilson "clearly drunk and swaying in the middle of the road".
Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court heard how the 20-year-old, of Plummer Road, was so drunk he could not remember attacking the teen, who since the attack has suffered stomach pains during her pregnancy.
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The court was told that Percival-Wilson was introduced to alcohol and Class A substances at the age of 12 by his drug-addicted and alcoholic mother, who was part of a gang recently jailed for 32 years in his native West Yorkshire for a number of offences.
Peter Bettany, prosecuting, told the court: "The victim said the defendant was swerving in the middle of the road and lunged at her and grabbed her around the neck with both hands. She was starting to struggle to breathe and heard the buttons of her coat pop off.
"The next thing she remembers is two friends trying to get him off her. It left her in a daze.
"She says that since the assault she is really scared to walk down Plummer Road, she gets flashbacks and has had pains in her stomach."
The court heard how on December 2 Percival-Wilson had walked into the Sainsbury's store in High Street, Newhall, and walked out carrying two crates of lager without paying.
He pleaded guilty to theft, assault and possession of an offensive weapon – a pestle – that was found on him when he was arrested for the theft.
Faz Saqddiq, for Percival-Wilson, said: "My client was brought up by a violent and aggressive mother who was addicted to class A drugs and an alcoholic and introduced him to both at the age of 12."
Magistrate Malcolm Prentice jailed him for 20 weeks, suspended for 12 months. He also ordered him to pay £100 compensation, an £80 victim surcharge and £85 costs and handed him a 12-month community order with supervision as well as a six-month curfew from 7pm to 7am.