June 2015

Petrol-guzzling sex pest found high on fuel eight hours after prison release

Robert-Stephens

A petrol-drinking sex pest who propositioned schoolgirls while high on unleaded fuel is back on the streets despite receiving a prison sentence.

Repeat offender Robert Stephens was today handed a 21-week jail term for breaching an anti-social behaviour order for the second time.

But a judge said he would be released later today, despite the fact he is still addicted to the substance he “craves”, as he had already served significantly more than his sentence while on remand.

Sentencing Stephens, Judge Zoe Smith conceded the petrol guzzler would probably be released from prison almost immediately after serving eight months on remand.

The homeless addict was arrested in February in a filling station he was banned from just eight hours after being released from jail for breaching a previous ASBO.

She said: “On February 2nd, you went to a Sainsbury’s petrol station in Heyford Hill in order to obtain petrol.

“It was in an area from which you were prohibited from entering by virtue of an ASBO.

“This is your second breach of that order and that is what makes it a serious matter.

“However it is right to say the petrol station is on the very boundary of the area (he is banned from) and it’s not suggested that while you were there you were harassing anyone.”

Stephens was also given a conditional discharge for racially abusing a police officer, so the offence will lie on his file.

His ASBO is still valid and he will be prosecuted for any breaches.

Stocky Stephens, who is also addicted to alcohol, was last month granted a temporary reprieve when his case was adjourned for sentencing.

He was bailed for three weeks to see if he could live in a hostel under strict conditions.

But two days later he was back in jail after breaching those rules.

When officers arrived to arrest him, Stephens once more became violent, resulting in new assault charges which will likely see the addict arrested as soon as he is released from prison.

The thug insisted he had been ill-treated by officers and said he had been defending himself in fisticuffs that resulted in him losing a tooth.

Stewart Matthews, defending, conceded his client had not shown he could adapt to life back in wider society.

He said: “It’s right that it didn’t go particularly well.”

Appearing at Oxford Crown Court today, Stephens showed no emotion as a judge heard how he had been constantly in and out of jail since the age of 12, racking up an astonishing 44 convictions.

Mr Matthews added: “He himself worries that he is institutionalised.

“He says he’s been in and out of custody since he was very young.”

A police report into his colourful offending said: “Stephens is known to drink and sniff petrol and during his spree of offences it was noted by some witnesses that he smelled strongly of petrol.”

Between 5.30am and 8.20am one morning last autumn the sex pest approached three women and two schoolgirls in the street, yelling crude propositions at them.

The shocking campaign of abuse began when he walked up to one woman at the crack of dawn and said “I am gonna put my hand up your skirt”.

He made further crude suggestions whilst rubbing his crotch.

An hour later he randomly approached two other women who were unloading a delivery van, asking one if she wanted to give him oral sex and telling the other very crudely that he wanted to have sex with her.

He then walked up to two schoolgirls who were in uniform and on their way to lessons and said: “If you’re old enough to smoke you’re old enough to suck my dick.”

All of the women reported that he smelled heavily of petrol at the time of the incidents.

The same morning the dishevelled petrol addict assaulted his grandfather who was out walking his dog, yelling “I will knock you out” and pushing him in the chest.

To cap off his day Stephens went to his father’s house in the evening, despite being banned from the street by a restraining order he was given for brutally assaulting him.

When a police officer arrived to arrest him, he attacked him too.

He was jailed for six months for his bizarre crimes and was handed his first ASBO banning him from the area of his offending, the Blackbird Leys area of Oxford, where most of his family live, for five years.

However, a day after being released from prison on licence he breached the order.

The homeless petrol addict went to a garage and once more got high on unleaded fuel, went to his grandparents’ home and then racially abused a member of staff at the hotel where he was staying.

The court heard when the police turned up to arrest him he told them he was going to “get a 9mm and do a Dale Cregan,” referring to the infamous one-eyed police killer.

His foul-mouthed tirade continued back at the police station, where he racially abused another officer and told him he would “cut him up in the bath.”

He then ranted: “What you going to do, give me life? I couldn’t give a f***, I’ve got a TV and a job in prison.

“You might as well charge me with murder and lock me up because I’m going to kill you.”

When the comments were read back to him at a later interview he laughed and remarked: “It’s amazing what you make up.”

Within 24 hours he was sent back to prison for a further six months, but then reoffended yet again just eight hours after being released from jail in February this year.

Prosecuting, Naomi Perry said Stephens had taken himself straight off to the Sainsbury’s fuel station to get the petrol that he “craves,” where he was found completely intoxicated.

She added: “There are limits to which officers are expected to have thick skins.

“He really doesn’t seem to be able to stay out in the community and not offend.”

His long-suffering grandmother, who asked not to be named, said that she was at a loss to explain his unusual addiction, although his family believe he may have undiagnosed autism.

She said: “He messes everything up, but he’s got to be given a chance.

“He just doesn’t know what he’s been doing when he’s on the petrol.

“I don’t think at heart he’s a bad man, as when he’s not on the petrol he’s very helpful and thoughtful.

“There’s no one else there for him so you stand by your own and keep hoping don’t you?”