‘Number one problem’ jailed

Byron Haines

Byron Haines

First published in News thisisoxfordshire: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter. Call me on (01865) 425373

A PERSISTENT trouble-maker once called the “number-one problem” in Blackbird Leys has been jailed for nine driving offences.

Byron Haines, of Henley Street, East Oxford, was given an Asbo for his bad behaviour in 2009, and yesterday received a 15-month prison sentence.

Olivia Potts, prosecuting, said the 23-year-old was stopped by police driving a black Mini on February 11 this year in Donnington Bridge Road, and accelerated away into the then-flooded Abingdon Road, creating a large wave.

Then she said on March 18 he took a black Peugeot without its owner’s consent in Coleman’s Hill and once again fled from police, driving dangerously by mounting the kerb and forcing other drivers to swerve.

Miss Potts said following both events, plus another driving incident on March 1, Haines admitted three counts of driving while disqualified, three counts of driving without insurance, as well as failing to stop, aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.

She added that the defendant has 26 previous convictions, including for violence, drug dealing, and repeatedly breaching his Asbo by being abusive in public.

Claire Fraser, defending, said Haines had not realised he was still disqualified from driving until he took an extended driving test.

She said he had been driving to try to earn some money legitimately but “panicked” when the police tried to stop him.

Judge Ian Pringle told Haines he had no choice but to send him to prison immediately.

He said: “Let me make this very clear – you are not allowed to drive without passing an extended driving test.”

Haines will also have to pay a £100 victims’ surcharge and will be banned from driving for three years.

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12:01pm Mon 12 May 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

26 previous convictions, at the age of 23, I don't think a 15 month prison sentence, i.e. 7 and a half months inside, is going to make him change his ways.
26 previous convictions, at the age of 23, I don't think a 15 month prison sentence, i.e. 7 and a half months inside, is going to make him change his ways. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 24

12:45pm Mon 12 May 14

Quentin Walker says...

"...Claire Fraser, defending, said Haines had not realised he was still disqualified from driving until he took an extended driving test.

She said he had been driving to try to earn some money legitimately but “panicked” when the police tried to stop him..."

Why would he panic if he thought he was driving within the Law? I wonder why his advocate was not embarrassed by putting forward an obviously false excuse.
"...Claire Fraser, defending, said Haines had not realised he was still disqualified from driving until he took an extended driving test. She said he had been driving to try to earn some money legitimately but “panicked” when the police tried to stop him..." Why would he panic if he thought he was driving within the Law? I wonder why his advocate was not embarrassed by putting forward an obviously false excuse. Quentin Walker
  • Score: 26

1:27pm Mon 12 May 14

Neonlights says...

15 months inside!! So he'll be out in approx 8 months then.

Yet another light slap on the wrists for a habitual offender.

Lock him up and throw away the key.
15 months inside!! So he'll be out in approx 8 months then. Yet another light slap on the wrists for a habitual offender. Lock him up and throw away the key. Neonlights
  • Score: 19

1:55pm Mon 12 May 14

John J Monaghan says...

This is the person who has been in the OM a number of times. Build more jails and take no excuses to make the figures look good.

People need to be protected and if this mean heavy sentences, so be it. Bring in the 3 strike rule.
This is the person who has been in the OM a number of times. Build more jails and take no excuses to make the figures look good. People need to be protected and if this mean heavy sentences, so be it. Bring in the 3 strike rule. John J Monaghan
  • Score: 13

3:49pm Mon 12 May 14

John Lamb says...

Imagine how much his 'gentleman' is going to cost the taxpayer over his troublesome life.
Depressing isn't it?
Can't we make people like this live on an island somewhere; ina a shipping container?
Imagine how much his 'gentleman' is going to cost the taxpayer over his troublesome life. Depressing isn't it? Can't we make people like this live on an island somewhere; ina a shipping container? John Lamb
  • Score: 16

5:20pm Mon 12 May 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

John Lamb wrote:
Imagine how much his 'gentleman' is going to cost the taxpayer over his troublesome life.
Depressing isn't it?
Can't we make people like this live on an island somewhere; ina a shipping container?
Well for the next 7.5 months, about £40,000........pers
onally I think the shipping container is a good idea, but just floating on the ocean waves, rather than spoiling an island
[quote][p][bold]John Lamb[/bold] wrote: Imagine how much his 'gentleman' is going to cost the taxpayer over his troublesome life. Depressing isn't it? Can't we make people like this live on an island somewhere; ina a shipping container?[/p][/quote]Well for the next 7.5 months, about £40,000........pers onally I think the shipping container is a good idea, but just floating on the ocean waves, rather than spoiling an island Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 15

12:11pm Tue 13 May 14

Neonlights says...

The shipping container would be far better being sunk to the bottom of the ocean along with all the wasters of society like Byron Haines.
The shipping container would be far better being sunk to the bottom of the ocean along with all the wasters of society like Byron Haines. Neonlights
  • Score: -1

11:11pm Tue 13 May 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

deedee444 wrote:
shoot him
Waste of a good bullet, at least if he was hanged, the rope could be reused.
[quote][p][bold]deedee444[/bold] wrote: shoot him[/p][/quote]Waste of a good bullet, at least if he was hanged, the rope could be reused. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: -1

9:20am Wed 14 May 14

snert says...

"... Claire Fraser, defending, said Haines had not realised he was still disqualified from driving until he took an extended driving test.

She said he had been driving to try to earn some money legitimately but “panicked” when the police tried to stop him..."

I feel sorry for Ms Fraser being handed this loser to defend. I love how he was driving to legitimately earn some money unyet he panicked and drove off when police tried to stop him. So blatantly a lie!

This idiot doesn't panic when confronted by police. He's the sort of person that relishes being pulled over by the police so he can cause them as much hassle as he can. He's an oxygen thief. Seriously, habitual offenders like this need removing from society. When he gets out of prison he should be required to do a job that pays back society the debt he's cost it by keeping him in jail and only give him an allowance enough to live on.

The cost of prison should be bourne by the people that make use of it. You go there and the amount you must pay back is based on the length of stay and you have no choice but to pay it off by working.
"... Claire Fraser, defending, said Haines had not realised he was still disqualified from driving until he took an extended driving test. She said he had been driving to try to earn some money legitimately but “panicked” when the police tried to stop him..." I feel sorry for Ms Fraser being handed this loser to defend. I love how he was driving to legitimately earn some money unyet he panicked and drove off when police tried to stop him. So blatantly a lie! This idiot doesn't panic when confronted by police. He's the sort of person that relishes being pulled over by the police so he can cause them as much hassle as he can. He's an oxygen thief. Seriously, habitual offenders like this need removing from society. When he gets out of prison he should be required to do a job that pays back society the debt he's cost it by keeping him in jail and only give him an allowance enough to live on. The cost of prison should be bourne by the people that make use of it. You go there and the amount you must pay back is based on the length of stay and you have no choice but to pay it off by working. snert
  • Score: 2

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