A man who shook a support worker to the core when he winked at her and said “I’m not going to rape you”, whilst playing with his tongue, has been sent to prison.
Nathan Hobbs, 27, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage when he appeared before Magistrates in Newport on Monday.
For the Crown Prosecution Service, Ann Smout said that it was around 16:30 on Friday (3rd December) that Hobbs, formally of Sandham House in Sandown, was noted by support staff at the accommodation unit to be becoming angry. This led to interventions from staff, who walked down a corridor with Hobbs to access an outside area to calm down.
It was whilst walking down the corridor that Hobbs said to a female member of staff “how have you been darling”, in a sexualised tone. He then said “I bet you have been good you dirty, dirty bitch”. The support worker, who the court heard was ‘shook to the core’, was then subjected to further sexualised abuse when Hobbs said “you’re so intimidated by me you keep looking back. I’m not going to rape you’. He said this whilst winking and playing with his tongue and tongue piercing.
The support worker, who Island Echo has decided not to name, said in her statement that she thought she was going to be assaulted by Hobbs, who she has vowed never to work with again.
The abusive situation continued, by which time the staff had locked himself in an office, with Nathan Hobbs calling the staff member a bitch, slut and whore. He then headbutted a glass panel whilst continuing to shout ‘f**king c**ts’, before leaving.
After Hobbs had left Fort Street he sent a number of text messages to Sandham House telling them not to call Police, whilst in the same breathe calling them ‘heartless c**ts’ and making claims he was going to drown himself.
Defending, Oscar Vincent said that his client was struggling with the death of his father just 2 days prior to the incident. He explained to the bench that Hobbs has physical symptoms of cancer that were causing him concern and that he was battling with psychosis, anxiety and depression.
Mr Vincent explained that his client had little recall of the event and only remembers bits of what had happened, describing it as being in a ‘dream state’. In any case, Hobbs is said to have been horrified at the reported comments stating it is not the sort of comments he would normally come out with.
It was argued by Mr Vincent that it wasn’t in the interests of justice to send Hobbs to prison for a just a few weeks, but Magistrates disagreed.
Already on an 8-week suspended sentence imposed last month, Magistrates decided to activate the full term and sentenced Nathan Hobbs to a further 4 weeks for the common assault – a total of 12 weeks behind bars. They also ordered Hobbs to pay £200 compensation.
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