Stoke City and Port Vale steward jailed after row over a football
A STOKE City steward who broke a grandad's nose in a row over a football has been sent to prison after he failed to comply with a community order.
Young dad Cameron Lowe, who also helps control the crowd at Port Vale matches, was yesterday jailed for 18 weeks after he failed to attend unpaid work sessions.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the 21-year-old was sentenced to a 12-month community order last March with supervision and 180 hours unpaid work after he admitted a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Balvinder Bhatti, representing Staffordshire Probation Service, said Lowe had attacked a 61-year-old man after an argument over a football at Longton on May 17, 2011.
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Miss Bhatti said: "The defendant argued with a complainant over a football belonging to the complainant's grandson. The complainant had accused him of stealing it.
"The defendant became angry and reacted appallingly. He punched the complainant to the face and fractured his nose."
The court was told Lowe, of Jervison Street, Adderley Green, Longton, first breached the order in July and was handed 20 extra hours unpaid work.
However, despite a strong warning from a senior judge, Lowe failed to attend unpaid work again on December 23.
Stuart Muldoon, mitigating, said Lowe, who has passed a security course, has not committed any further offences. He added a prison sentence would be tough for the defendant as he has a partner and a young child.
Judge Paul Glenn revoked the community order and jailed Lowe for 18 weeks. He told the defendant: "This is the second time you have breached this community order. The earlier breach, for not attending unpaid work on two occasions, received 20 hours unpaid work. I dealt with the case and I reminded you any subsequent breach would, almost inevitably, lead to a custodial sentence. But you have chosen to breach the order again. You have only done a little over half the hours."
The judge described the original offence as 'nasty' but said it was not premeditated and accepted Lowe had nothing to do with stealing the football.
Judge Glenn added: "You have shown yourself repeatedly as unable or unwilling to comply with the court order."
Lowe will serve no more than half the sentence.