A thug given an ASBO at 12 has avoided jail for beating up a man in a drunken rage – despite it being his 60th criminal offence.
Oliver Clinch was nicknamed Chucky due to his resemblance to the voodoo doll in the Child’s Play horror films when he was hauled before a judge at the age of 12.
He was one of the youngest people in Britain to be handed an ASBO in 2007 after terrorising his village with a year-long campaign of criminal damage, harassment and assault.
But at the age of 24, he has managed to avoid jail again, despite racking up more than 60 offences beforehand.
He was handed a suspended sentence for drunkenly attacking a man at a house party near his home in Little Lever, Bolton, in November last year.
Clinch was arrested again last November after leaving Paul Cauldwell with a broken nose and a swollen face.
Oliver Clinch was handed an ASBO aged 12 (police mugshot, left) in 2007 for 60 offences. At 24 (pictured outside court, left) he has avoided jail again for a drunken attack on a man last November
Mr Cauldwell also suffered two lacerations to the left side of the forehead and feared losing his job due to time he took off work.
At Bolton Crown Court, Clinch, who admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, faced jail and he even brought an overnight bag with him in the dock.
But the judge said the community would ‘benefit’ from him addressing his behaviour with probation officers.
In 2007 police described the youth as a ‘Pied Piper’ who led a crowd of 17 other youngsters to watch him in action.
Despite being in only Year 8 at school and at just 4ft 5in tall, the youngster was said to be drunk and ‘out of control’.
Witnesses claimed he behaved ‘like an animal’ as he smashed windows, screamed racial abuse at an Asian shopkeeper and made sexual remarks towards women.
One officer spent 85 per cent of his time in one year dealing with the his crimes alone, which included daubing racist graffiti and telling a woman in a library to expose herself to him.
Clinch was nicknamed Chucky due to his resemblance to the voodoo doll in the Child’s Play horror films (pictured) when he was hauled before a judge at the age of 12
He was said to have targeted the shopkeeper and his family at least 12 times, smashed the shop windows three times and drawn graffiti featuring his name outside the shop.
Police received a string of complaints about Clinch spitting and swearing at passers by, making sexual remarks at teachers after being expelled from Little Lever High School.
He was also accused of stealing lead from the school roof, smashing a bus station window, stealing a case of lager from an off licence and even assaulting his own aunt and driven her Fiat Brava off her driveway and into a road after she refused to take him to a friend’s house.
He was later issued with an ASBO banning him from behaving badly for two years and officers issued a mugshot of his baby face describing him as a one-boy crimewave and a ‘walking timebomb.’
At the time Clinch’s mother Victoria blamed her son’s behaviour on him having ADHD and smoking cannabis and said: ‘It’s ridiculous to write someone off at 12 years old when they haven’t tried other solutions.
‘The stigma of this will be with him forever and I don’t think he can come back to Bolton and lead a normal life after being labelled.
‘What was said in court was unfair – it’s wrong to brand a child of that age an animal. he’s such a loving boy.’
The latest offence occurred after Clinch met Mr Caudwell by chance in Bolton town centre and they attended a party together.
Prosecuting, Robert Smith said: ‘They’d known each other for some years and decided to go to a party where alcohol and drugs were being consumed.
‘After leaving the party the pair decided to go back to Mr Cauldwell’s house and continued to drink.
‘This is where the assault occurred. The defendant attacked Mr Cauldwell punching his jaw and kicking at him with the victim falling to the floor.
‘The defendant continued to punch and kick Mr Caldwell whilst he lay in a ball on the floor trying to protect himself.
‘The defendant has 60 separate offences on his record, criminal damage, harassment, common assault, disorderly behaviour, drunk and disorderly, theft and threatening behaviour.’
In a statement Mr Cauldwell said: ‘I was in a lot of pain following this incident. There was no explanation for the attack.
‘I offered him somewhere to stay and that’s how I was repaid. I had to take time off work I was in so much pain. At one point I thought I may lose my job.’
In mitigation defence lawyer Simon Gurney said: ‘He does have antecedents but he thought he had put that past behind him.
‘He has not been in trouble recently. This offence is isolated against that background – a couple of old friends drinking to excess and then play fighting which got out of hand.
‘My client concedes he used excessive force and accepts this offence crosses the threshold.
‘But he has had five years without offending and he hopes this has not undone the good work done in those five years.’
Clinch was given 15 months jail suspended for two years and will be electronically tagged as part of a four month curfew from 8pm to 6am.
Judge Martin Walsh told Clinch: ‘You have a dreadful record for drink related disorder. It is right to say that has abated over the past few years.
‘Whilst heavily intoxicated you assaulted Paul Cauldwell, kicking him to the floor and punching and kicking him while he lay there.
‘He suffered seriously unpleasant injuries in the form of bruises, cuts and fractures to the face.
‘You have an antecedent history but it is fair to say there is a sense of that behaviour mellowing over the past few years.
‘I believe you could benefit and the community could benefit from you working with the probation service, undergoing an intensive community order. If you breach any of these conditions there will be no latitude given to you.’