Jan 20 2012 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
A 19-YEAR-OLD man who threatened to stab youngsters in a Kilmarnock park was this week jailed for a total of 20 months.
Mark Nowell, of Luce Avenue, Kilmarnock, earlier pleaded guilty to assaulting and robbing the teenagers in the Howard park in November last year.
He also admitted a string of other offences, including breach of the peace and breaking a bail curfew.
Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard previously that Nowell approached a group of boys aged between 14 and 17, claiming that they had assaulted his younger brother.
Andrew Calderwood, prosecuting, said: “The accused demanded money from the group, stating that he would stab them if they did not provide money.”
Nowell grabbed hold of one youngster and demanded that his pals hand over cash.
He grabbed the boy’s wallet and took £6 in coins from it.
Nowell then told another of the group: “Give me money, or I’ll stab you.”
One of the boys was punched in the face.
On Monday, Allan Kerr, defending, said that Nowell had been drunk, but had not been “intent on trouble”.
He said: “It was reported to him that his little brother had been mugged in this place by a group of youths.
“He believed it at the time and still believes it, but whether these persons were involved, he has no idea.”
Nowell went into the park, where he found a group of 15 youths, most of them aged 15 or 16.
Mr Kerr said that some of the group “seemed to think his behaviour was funny and others acted aggressively towards him”.
The solicitor said that, although threats were made, “there never was a knife”.
Mr Kerr said that being remanded in custody over the festive season had been a salutary lesson for Nowell.
“He is determined to refrain from offending and that means refraining from drink,” he said.
Sheriff Seith Ireland heard details of the other charges admitted by Nowell, which included breaching his bail curfew on two occasions.
In August last year he was captured on CCTV fighting another man near the taxi rank at Kilmarnock’s Foregate.
And, in October, he was found sleeping at Kilmarnock bus station at around 6.20pm.
When police officers roused him from his drunken slumber, he began shouting and swearing, threatening: “I’m going to f***ing stab you.”
He was taken to Kilmarnock police station where he spat at a sergeant.
Mr Kerr said: “He had drunk himself insensible in a public place. He was completely disorientated when he was roused.
“He has little recollection of anything.”
Jailing Nowell, Sheriff Ireland told him: “I am drawn to the view that no disposal other than custody, given the gravity of the offence and your record.”
He sentenced Nowell to 16 months detention on the assault and robbery charge, with a consecutive four months for spitting at the police sergeant.