Racist yob with lengthy criminal record is jailed

Lee Huntley
Lee Huntley

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A RACIST thug has been jailed for a string of thefts and violent offences.

Lee Huntley was arrested after he went to a man’s home in April Square, Landport, and threatened him with a knife.

The pair had been involved in an on-going row and it came to a head when Huntley accused the man of smashing a window.

He was caught 40 minutes later and when he was put in a cell Huntley shouted racist abuse at another prisoner.

The 23-year-old was released on bail for those offences but he continued to offend. Huntley had been drinking with friends when he punched a man in the street and demanded money.

He and two of his friends who have not been caught attacked James Knight in St Paul’s Road, Southsea, knocking his glasses to the ground.

Mr Knight, 20, managed to escape and run off, Portsmouth Crown Court heard.

That same day, Huntley went into the Co-op in Cambridge Road, Old Portsmouth, with his friends and helped himself to a case of beer before running off.

The court heard he has previous convictions for 33 offences and has previously had an Asbo for causing trouble.

Huntley, of April Square, Landport, Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rob, two counts of theft, having a knife in public and a racially aggravated public order offence.

Barry McElduff, defending, said: ‘Drink and drugs are behind this young man’s offending.’

He said the incident involving a knife happened after Huntley had gone out to celebrate his birthday.

‘He drank and took drugs to excess and then he behaved in a spectacularly ill-advised fashion. It was thoroughly unattractive behaviour in the police station.’

He added that Huntley had been drinking before trying to rob Mr Knight.

Jailing him for two-and-a-half years, Deputy Circuit Judge Patrick Hooton said: ‘The trouble is with this case is that anyone who waves a knife around, takes it to someone else and seeks a confrontation, goes to prison.

‘You know that as well as I do.

‘Having followed that up you went and punched this young man in the face and set out to rob him.’