'It will be jail next time', judge warns teen in dock for assault
TEEN troublemaker Sophie Duckett, who assaulted a man with learning difficulties, has been warned that she will be locked up if she appears in court again.
Duckett, 18, from Chelsea Court, Gloucester, narrowly avoided custody in August for a "disgraceful, cowardly and nasty" attack on Robert Paxman.
She repeatedly punched the 20-year-old in the face during an attack at Greyfriars on February 25.
Gloucester Crown Court heard she was one of a gang of four attackers who left Mr Paxman so traumatised that he moved out of the city.
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The group lured him round the back of Gloucester City Museum before his BMX bicycle and Blackberry mobile phone were taken from him and he was beaten up.
At the August court hearing Duckett was sentenced to an 18-month community order with supervision, 180 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £100 compensation to her victim.
Yesterday she was given an additional seven hours on her community order after failing to attend any of her supervision appointments with the probation service.
Probation officer Sian Worrall told Judge Jamie Tabor that last month Duckett had also failed to turn up to carry out unpaid work, but had since produced medical certificates explaining her absences.
However, she did not call or make any contact on the days before or after she was supposed to be working.
The judge heard during a previous hearing that Duckett was pregnant, but warned the defendant that she needed to improve her behaviour to avoid being sent to HMP Eastwood Park.
Back before the judge yesterday, she told the court that she had lost her baby in the past two weeks.
Sentencing her to the additional hours on her community order, Judge Tabor again warned Duckett that if she was before the court again she would face being locked up.
After the attack, Reece Morrison of St Michael's Square and Laura Tweed of Beaufort Road, both 19, pleaded guilty to theft and assault.
Liam Ricketts of Fairhaven Avenue, Brockworth, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.
Morrison and Tweed were handed 200 hours of unpaid work and a four-month curfew, and ordered to pay £100 and £50 compensation respectively.
Ricketts was given a 15-month community order and told to carry out 70 hours of unpaid work.