A racist, drunken “menace” has been jailed for his latest spate of anti-social behaviour in which he threatened a hospital nurse, hurled racist abuse at a security guard and threatened McDonald’s staff a with a cordless power drill.
James Conroy, 61, also threatened cafe workers with a knife and punched another security guard after he abused customers at a one-stop shop.
Conroy’s solicitor, Anthony Sugare, described his client as a “pest” who should have been locked up instead of continually being allowed bail.
Jailing Conroy for 18 months, Recorder Alison Hunt said: “In my view you are persistent menace to the public. The use of the word ‘pest’, as Mr Sugare puts it, does not come near to the way you have been behaving.
“You have no regard for authority. You have shown no regard for authority. you have shown yourself to have racist and violent tendancies. All of the offending has been while you have been subject to an anti scoail behaviour order.”
Conroy, of Holborn Court, Little London, Leeds, pleaded guilty to five offences of breaching anti social behaviour orders, four of having a bladed weapon, racially aggravated assault, racially aggravated harrasment, threatening behaviour, theft and possession of cannabis.
Kate Batty, prosecuting, said the offences related to five seperate incidents in the city in March, April and May this year.
Leeds Crown Court heard how Leeds City Council obtained a five-year ASBO against Conroy in 2009, banning him from causing trouble within a specfied area of the city centre. He has a long history of convictions for theft and public order offences.
Anothey Sugare, mitigating, said: “I think I would be justified in describing my client today as a pest.” Mr Sugare said Conroy’s offending was linked to his excessive conspumtion of alcohol.
He added: “One wonders how in fact he managed to get bailed at a police station how generous the justices were in giving him bail at the magistrates court. No one was doing him any favours in releasing him in the way they have done time after time and that is why he has accumulated the number of offences he has done.”
The solicitor said Conroy had benefited from four weeks in custody away from drink and urged Recorder Hunt to impose a suspended sentence but Recorder Hunt said the offending was too serious.