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‘I’ll get you’, career criminal tells judge

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

A man who was once the youngest in the country to get an ASBO and is now one of the most heavily convicted young men in Britain has threatened the life of a judge.

Sunshine Wood told the judge: “I am going to return and I am going to get you – you are finished.”

Wood, 27, swore at District Judge Peter Hollingworth as he was sentenced to 20 weeks in jail for attacking a prison officer.

The attack took place at the Category B Garth Prison in Leyland. The judge, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court, told Wood: “This was a totally unwarranted and unprovoked attack.”

Wood, from Blackpool, has more than 100 offences on his record, and is currently serving a six-year jail term for robbing a woman of her mobile phone and an attempted armed robbery of a man at knifepoint.

In 2003 – at the of 16 – he became the then youngest person in the UK to be placed on an ASBO.

The order was imposed after he was arrested after he stripped to the waist and fought outside a school.

Since then, he has racked up offences including punching a woman so hard he perforated her eardrum, police assault, burglaries, dangerous driving and disqualified driving.

In 2007, he was the ringleader in a riot at Deerbolt Young Offenders Institute in Co Durham, where £630,000 of damage was caused.

He was found guilty after a trial of his latest offence. At first, he refused to come out of his cell, and sacked a succession of lawyers.

Prosecutor Nichola Corney said the prison officer had told Sunshine Wood he was being moved to a different cell.

Wood launched himself at the officer, who was flung to the floor cutting his head and he also suffered rib and facial injuries. The officer had suffered anxiety and had been moved to another part of the prison.

When Wood eventually agreed to go into the dock, and was then asked if he wanted to say anything, he told the court: “The prison officer was lying.”

 
 
 

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