A Cheltenham man who went on a spree of offending has been jailed for four years and three months.
At Gloucester Crown Court earlier this month prosecutor Rupert Russell said 20-year-old Jessie Margrett’s offending began while he was riding a moped at 5.05am on May 20th last year.
He was spotted by police in Trier Way, Gloucester, with his hazard lights on and headlight flashing.
“When the lights went green the moped rider did not move off and nor did the police car - and effectively there was a stand-off between the two of them,” said the prosecutor.
“The officer activated the police car’s blue lights but Margrett chose to drive off on the pavement when the traffic lights changed to red.
“Margrett was later spotted outside his parents address in Arlington Road, with the moped hidden in bushes a short distance away. He was arrested and when searched was found to have a quantity of cannabis on him.”
Mr Russel said Margrett’s next offence was the assault of a taxi driver at 9.25pm on June 2nd 2020.
“The taxi driver, Mr Sundor Ali, was picking up a regular customer in Arlington Road in the city when Margrett approached him and claimed he was the driver of the taxi he had ordered,” the prosecutor said.
“Mr Ali told Margrett knew his customer and that he was not the person he was picking up. Margrett became angry and put his arm through the driver’s side window. The taxi driver wound the window up, effectively trapping Margrett’s arm.
“Margrett then tried to punch the driver through the window. Mr Ali told Margrett to leave him alone and this made him even angrier. He began foaming at the mouth, spitting at the car and indicated he had a knife.
“Margrett walked away and picked up a metal handled mop and attacked the taxi driver with it, leaving him with a small laceration on his forearm. He then swung the pole at the vehicle as Mr Ali got back into the taxi and called the police.
“Margrett walked away again, leaving Mr Ali to examine the damage to his vehicle. Margrett then returned to punch and kick the vehicle. Margrett was arrested a short time later. He caused more than £1,000 of damage to the vehicle.”
Mr Russell next told of Margrett’s attempted robbery of a bicycle from a youth on June 25th 2020,
“The 16-year-old male victim was riding along Tuffley Lane in Gloucester with two female friends of a similar age. They were heading towards the park when Margrett approached the boy," said the prosecutor.
“Margrett asked him if either of the two girls was his girlfriend. The youth evaded answering the question and asked ‘why’?
“Margrett started shouting and gesturing towards his waistband, indicating he had a knife. He demanded the youth get off his bike and threatened to ‘slit him open.’
“Margrett continued to make threats while he tried to wrestle the bicycle from the boy. The stand-off went on a few minutes. The youth stood his ground. However Margrett grabbed the boy’s phone and ran off.
“A couple of adults living nearby, who had heard the commotion, intervened when Margrett slipped and fell over as he tried to run away. The adults restrained Margrett on the ground until the police arrived.
“Margrett was taken to the hospital by the police as he had sustained an injury to his face in the fall.
“When PC Alex Loveridge arrived at the hospital, Margrett became psychotic and tried to intimidate the officer by telling him he had stabbed people and carried out armed robberies.
“He then threatened to blow PC Loveridge’s face off with a gun. He claimed he knew where the officer lived and was going to attack him and beat him up. He then lashed out at the officer.
“PC Loveridge further arrested Margrett who then lunged forward and spat directly into the face of the officer – and this was at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The final incident was on December 13th last year at the Co-operative store in Seventh Avenue, Tuffley. The prosecutor said Bradley Roberts, an employee at the shop, spotted that somebody had thrown a bin at the store’s front door at 6.30pm.
“Mr Roberts went to see who was outside and saw two young men outside - one of them Margrett, who shouted at him ‘Next time I’ll throw it through the window’ as Mr Roberts tried to fix the bin.
“Some 45 minutes later the bin was thrown through the window, this time smashing the glass.”
The police then arrived and arrested Margrett, who this time was kept in custody.
Steven Young, defending, said: “These offences were irrational and lacked any forethought.
“He attempted the robbery of the bike in full view of umpteen witnesses; the assault on the taxi driver was committed in a very busy part of the city.
“He deliberately caused the criminal damage to the supermarket because he wanted to be arrested and be remanded into custody, which is what happened.”
Margrett, of Gloucester Road, Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, not having a valid driving licence or insurance, possessing a quantity of cannabis, attempted robbery, assault of an emergency worker, assaulting the taxi driver causing him actual bodily harm, intentionally damaging the taxi and criminal damage to the Co-op store.
The judge sentenced Margrett to 51 months in prison, banned him from driving for 12 months from the day he is released from prison, and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £190.