A gang member who terrorised a family has avoided jail for a second time in just six months after he admitted threatening a solider in a supermarket car park.
In his latest offence Kristian Alty hurled a bottle at his victim and threw punches on the Tesco car park in Leyland in a drink fuelled rage.
By doing so he breached the terms of his suspended jail term for his part in a family’s ordeal earlier this year - during which a bedroom window where a pensioner was sleeping was smashed and missiles thrown at a home.
Alty, a known member of a Penwortham gang calling themselves the Kingfold Youth Descent, was among gang members featured on the evening post front page in January after he was convicted of affray for his part in the fracas.
He was given a 12 month jail term suspended for two years with 150 hours unpaid work in January. Usually if a criminal is given a suspended sentence it is activated if they commit another crime within its timeframe.
Despite committing a public order offence in July - six months after his original sentence - the 19-year-old again avoided jail after a judge at Preston Crown Court decided not to activate the sentence.
Prosecuting, Denise Fitzpatrick described how at around 9pm on july 22, Alty approached a solider he knew and threw a bottle at him on the car park at Leyland Tesco. the bottle hit a car.
She added:” Kristian Alty then asked the man where his brother was. His brother was not present he threw a number of punches at him which fortunately missed. A girl stood between the two men. Kristian Alty appeared to be accompanied by other young men. One of those approached the man and punched him three times.”
She also said the girl was pushed to one side.
Alty, who wants to work as a hairdresser, admitted the offence straight away the court heard. Defending, Philip Andrews said: “He is sill only 19 and there’s some evidence he’s a young man who really has been slow to mature in his ways. He is a polite and courteous young man. There’s a sense of growing maturity.”
Recorder Hussain QC said: “You clearly are beginning on the one view to start committing offences relating to violence. On the other hand it is submitted on your behalf you’re maturing. I am not sure in fact what the reality is. What is clear however is that I am impressed by the fact you have completed your previous unpaid work order.”
He sentenced him to a community order with supervision for 18 months and a three month curfew. For breaching his sentence he must complete 50 hours unpaid work. No order for costs was made.