Anti-crime campaigner who travels Britain encouraging children to keep their lives on track pleads guilty to robbing bike from 16-year-old boy
A man who travels round on a boat deterring children from a life of misdaad has pleaded guilty to robbing a bike from a 16-year-old boy.
Tiggz Dat Author, who was previously known as Stephen Bullock and is known to many as ‘yellow boat man’, threatened his young victim before stealing an electric bike belonging to the boy’s grandfather.
The 34-year-old has been travelling from Nottingham to Derby in an attempt to encourage children away from crime and to keep their lives on track.
Egter, op Oktober 19, 2019, he stopped his teenage victim outside a shop in Aspley, Nottingham, before shouting ‘do you want me to bang you in your face’ and stealing his bike, Nottingham Crown Court gehoor.
He was handed a suspended prison sentence on Tuesday despite being told to expect a jail term.
Tiggz Dat Author, previously known as Stephen Bullock, was handed a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to stealing a bike from a 16-year-old boy. Pictured outside Nottingham Crown Court
Nottingham Crown Court heard the teenage boy was riding on an electrical bicycle towards his grandfather’s address to return it to him.
After stopping outside a shop, he was approached by Tiggz Dat Author who claimed it was his bicycle, het die hof gehoor.
Stuart Pattinson, vervolging, gesê: ‘He shouted “do you want me to bang you in your face?”
‘The shop had CCTV inside which captured the incident unfold.’
When Tiggz Dat Author, van geen vaste adres nie, was shown the footage in court, he told the judge: ‘Looking back on it, I could have done things a lot differently.
‘I apologise for that.’
In a victim impact statement, the boy said he required counselling following the incident.
Hy het gesê: ‘I’ve become really depressed after what happened.
‘I have got some professional help because of it. I now feel very scared when out in public, I don’t like going out on my own – I don’t even like going out on my bike anymore.
‘I was a confident person before all of this happened, I now feel like my confidence has taken a real knock.’
After being told he faced a custodial sentence for his actions, Tiggz Dat Author was then handed a 24 maand tronkstraf, vir twee jaar opgeskort.
He was ordered to carry out 150 ure se onbetaalde werk, 20 rehabilitation days and to pay a victim surcharge.
Vonnisoplegging oor hom, Judge Warburton QC said: ‘For someone who has told this court he wishes to help young people and encourage them away from a life of crime, you ought to think about these things carefully.
‘You should understand this is a very serious offence.
‘I am giving you a chance to see whether or not you can stay out of trouble.
‘The choice is going to be yours. It’s time for you to put your money where your mouth is.’
The 34-year-old has been travelling from Nottingham to Derby in an attempt to encourage children away from crime and to keep their lives on track. Pictured setting up camp in Old Market Square
Judge Warburton said the sentence was reduced due to the offence being more than two years old, no other serious offences being committed since and for Tiggz Dat Author’s ‘difficult upbringing’.
The court was told the 34-year-old has 29 other convictions for 59 offences during his life.
Egter, he said he has got life back on track and just wants a home in time for Christmas.
Praat met Nottinghamshire Live outside the court, Tiggz Dat Author said: ‘I just want to positively contribute to society – that’s all I want to do.
‘Everything that I have learnt, all the lessons I have learnt throughout my life, I just want to be able to give back to my community and deter people from a life of crime.
‘We all deserve a chance, nobody deserves to be failed. My way of doing this is not to be a nuisance, it’s to spread a positive message.
‘Whether it’s working with the council or the police or whoever, I will do what I need to do, and take whatever steps I need to take to be able to be given that opportunity.’