Joe Backhouse

Article by Libby McBride: A man due to be sentenced for riding a stolen motorbike into a policeman has had his sentencing date pushed back so he can celebrate his birthday the day before.

Joe Backhouse, from Upland Close, Billericay, admitted riding a stolen motorbike at a police officer in Chelmsford Crown Court Monday morning (October 7).

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods, dangerous driving, and an amended charge of common assault against PC John Davey, using a motor vehicle without third party insurance, and driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a license.

The Suzuki motorbike was stolen from Gary Packman.

On October 11, 2015, Backhouse was seen by police driving the stolen motorbike on Church Lane in West Hanningfield.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Mathew Turner "]When police attended at the address Mr Backhouse rides in the direction of police officers. He tries to cross between a parked vehicle and a sign - a three foot gap. He drives through and one of the police officers comes into contact with him.[/quote]

Backhouse was previously convicted of actual bodily harm when he was 15 years old but has no other convictions. The case was adjourned for a pre-sentencing report to be completed by the probation service.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Nathaniel Wade"]I have spoken to the probation service in advance of the hearing. They said they'd need three weeks. Mr Backhouse is currently 24 and turns 25 three weeks from today. Three weeks today, November 28, is his birthday.[/quote]

Mr Wade asked that given the possibility of an immediate custodial sentence, the sentencing date been put back by one day.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Judge Emma Peters"]He does not want to celebrate a quarter of a century by being in court. Mr Backhouse, you have pleaded guilty to these charges. You will have to return to court for sentence on November 29.[/quote]

Backhouse will be sentenced on November 29.

Forfeiture of the motorbike was ordered and Backhouse was disqualified from driving in the interim.

Article by Libby McBride, Essex Live

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