Judge tells teen who spat in mum’s face to ‘grow up’

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A TEENAGER who spat in the faces of a woman and her 19-month-old daughter has avoided jail after admitting assault.

Joshua Derosa, of St Nicholas Road, Wallingford, pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault and was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Friday.

Matthew Walsh, prosecuting, said the 19-year-old committed the offences as part of a campaign of threatening behaviour towards a woman who gave evidence against him in another case.

The court heard how Derosa approached his victim, Gemma King, and four of her children including 19-month-old Kira, at a bus stop in Wallingford at about midday on February 22 this year.

Mr Walsh told Judge Gordon Risius the two exchanged angry words and the defendant spat in the woman’s face, with saliva also going in the face of her daughter, who she was holding.

The barrister said Derosa’s victim and her children were left “terrified” by his actions.

He added the teenager already had 11 convictions on his record for 23 offences, including criminal damage and robbery.

Judge Risius told Derosa he had a “thoroughly anti-social record” and needed to grow up and start behaving like a man. He said: “Spitting in the street is always unpleasant behaviour, but when it is aimed at other people it amounts to a common assault.”

He sentenced him to a 12-month community order and made him subject to a five-year restraining order. Derosa will also have to pay a £60 victims’ surcharge.

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7:49am Mon 2 Jun 14

Myron Blatz says...

Community Order and token fine? Stop burdening our local communities and bring back Borstals fit for purpose in the 21st century.
Community Order and token fine? Stop burdening our local communities and bring back Borstals fit for purpose in the 21st century. Myron Blatz
  • Score: 16

2:39pm Mon 2 Jun 14

piper2011 says...

im sure this PUNISHMENT will make him change his ways ............not. wonder if he would be so brave in front of a grown man. stupid little poundland al capone wannabe
im sure this PUNISHMENT will make him change his ways ............not. wonder if he would be so brave in front of a grown man. stupid little poundland al capone wannabe piper2011
  • Score: 5

2:50pm Mon 2 Jun 14

livid99 says...

Judge Risius that is an absolutely pathetic sentence. How do you expect society to improve when people like this little sh*t get handed sentences like this ?
If you are going to impose such a ridiculous sentence, it should at least be accompanied by mandatory sterilisation to prevent him producing offspring which will no doubt grow up to infect society in the same way he has.
Judge Risius that is an absolutely pathetic sentence. How do you expect society to improve when people like this little sh*t get handed sentences like this ? If you are going to impose such a ridiculous sentence, it should at least be accompanied by mandatory sterilisation to prevent him producing offspring which will no doubt grow up to infect society in the same way he has. livid99
  • Score: 7

4:21pm Mon 2 Jun 14

John Lamb says...

I think we need a few tougher entencing judges in Oxford.
The criminals around here must be loving their liberal attitudes and light slaps on the wrist.
I think we need a few tougher entencing judges in Oxford. The criminals around here must be loving their liberal attitudes and light slaps on the wrist. John Lamb
  • Score: 4

4:27pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

11 convictions for 23 offences already, and he's given a community order; can't we bring in sterilisation, and deportation to Siberia or somewhere even colder?
11 convictions for 23 offences already, and he's given a community order; can't we bring in sterilisation, and deportation to Siberia or somewhere even colder? Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 5

5:08pm Mon 2 Jun 14

EMBOX2 says...

Wasn't there a borstal just outside Wallingford, I think it closed early 90s perhaps. Shame, really.
Wasn't there a borstal just outside Wallingford, I think it closed early 90s perhaps. Shame, really. EMBOX2
  • Score: 2

7:07pm Mon 2 Jun 14

piper2011 says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
Wasn't there a borstal just outside Wallingford, I think it closed early 90s perhaps. Shame, really.
the holiday camp is now called HMYOI HUNTERCOOMBE full of x-boxes for the little loves
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: Wasn't there a borstal just outside Wallingford, I think it closed early 90s perhaps. Shame, really.[/p][/quote]the holiday camp is now called HMYOI HUNTERCOOMBE full of x-boxes for the little loves piper2011
  • Score: 3

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