Derby man beat up girlfriend, threatened to shoot paramedic and spat at policeman
This prolific Derby criminal spent 2020 carrying out a series of nasty offences including threatening to chop people with a machete and beating up his girlfriend in the back of a taxi. Derby Crown Court heard how Jamie Birks also told a female paramedic he would shoot her and if the police arrived he would shoot them too. The 33-year-old also tried to headbutt a police officer and spat at him after he and his brother decided to “go mad” while resisting arrest in Normanton Road.
And Birks, formerly of Chaddesden and currently of no fixed address, also stole a sack truck belonging to a homelessness hostel where he was staying. Jailing him for two years for all of the offences, Judge Martin Hurst said: “During 2020 you behaved extremely badly. “You made threats to kill, assaulted your girlfriend and threatened to shoot a street paramedic.
All these people are trying to help you and it is not acceptable for you to lash out in the way you do. “These people need to be protected, you have a habit of lashing out at authority.” Siward James-Moore, prosecuting, said the first offence happened on February 6, last year, when Birks and his brother were arrested in Normanton Road for an allegation which no action was taken on.
He said: “Both were resisting arrested and his brother shouted ‘**** it, bro, shall we go mad?’
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“This defendant replied ‘Yes, give it to him’ and tried to headbutt the officers who were trying to arrest him before spitting towards him.” The prosecutor said the next offence was the theft of the truck from Milestone House, in Green Lane, on April 5 and then, on May 18, he phoned a probation officer and told him “nobody is helping me”. Mr James-Moore said: “He told the officer ‘I may as well go and get a machete and start chopping people up and go back to prison’.
“On July 31, he then called a street paramedic who knows him and told her ‘you help everybody else, but you don’t help me’. “He then told her he would shoot her.” Mr James-Moore said the assault on his girlfriend took place after a taxi had picked them up from a restaurant in Normanton Road and was driving them to Chesterfield.
He said: “The driver kept asking him to calm down as he was shouting and screaming in the back and then the defendant began to punch his girlfriend repeatedly while they were sat in the back. “The taxi driver was sufficiently scared and concerned for the woman to pull over and call the police. “He later told the police he has had to deal with a number of incidents during his time working as a taxi driver, but this was the worst he had seen.”
Birks pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, malicious communication, making threats to kill, theft and assaulting an emergency worker. He has more than 70 previous offences to his name. Mark Watson, mitigating, said: “Mr Birks’s antecedent history does not make pleasant reading.
“At the time of these offences he had a dangerous habit of using crack cocaine and Mamba.”
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