Man back in jail after new crimes

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A MAN who was hunted by police and returned to prison after he breached the conditions of his early release has appeared at court.

Steven Cyrus, 20, of Victoria Road, admitted to charges of assault and using threatening words or behaviour.

Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard he committed the offences on February 21.

Cyrus had been sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders’ institution at York Crown Court last year for affray, but was let out on licence in December.

He was recalled to prison on February 25 following the allegations of the new offences. He also failed to keep an appointment to sign in at Scarborough Police Station as part of his bail conditions.

The original offence of affray occurred on June 22 last year.

Cyrus handed himself in at Scarborough Police Station after police launched a public appeal to trace him.

He has now been returned to jail and will serve the remainder of his sentence.

Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said that Cyrus had committed the new offences close to Scarborough town centre in daylight hours.

“A civil enforcement officer who in the Westwood car park says he saw a couple having an argument on a pedestrian ramp to the car park,” Mr Butterworth said.

“He saw a man grab a woman by her jumper and punch her in the chest.”

The parking attendant then approached Cyrus and tried to calm the incident, but received a torrent of his abuse for his trouble.

Cyrus said to the man: “I’m going to knock you out.”

The attendant informed CCTV operators in Scarborough of the incident.

They followed Cyrus and his companion on cameras and saw him grab her wrist, twisting it slightly, while the pair were walking towards Westborough.

When questioned by police the victim said she did not want to make a complaint against Cyrus, but the evidence from the parking attendant and the CCTV meant he was still prosecuted.

Mr Butterworth added that Cyrus had a lengthy criminal record which included a caution he had received after an allegation of domestic violence against a different woman.

Nick Tubbs, mitigating, said: “It was a short lived event and he has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

“The woman is not wishing to co-operate with this matter and is baffled as to why it is going ahead.

“My client hopes a decision will be made today so that he knows where he stands and can go back to getting on with it.”

Mr Tubbs said that Cyrus had been eight metres away from the parking attendant when he threatened him.

He added that his client had been told he would remain in prison until July 1 as a result of breaching the conditions of his release.

Carol Barker, the chairman of the bench, told Cyrus he would serve one month in jail for the assault and one month for the public order offence.

However the periods will run concurrently with the sentence which he is already serving.