A Sheffield drug addict who attacked his friend begged a judge to jail him – and got his wish.
Scott Knight, aged 38, wanted to remain in prison, so he could continue drug rehabilitation treatment to rid him of his heroin habit.
James Gould, Knight’s barrister, told Sheffield Crown Court he was in the ‘unusual’ position of trying to persuade Judge Rosalind Coe to jail his client.
He said: “He wants to spend more time in prison.
“It is his best chance of reducing his methadone intake.
“I want your honour to pass the minimum sentence to allow him his wish to keep himself in custody.”
Stephanie Hollis, prosecuting, said Knight went to Pitsmoor with a 44-year-old friend to buy drugs.
He wanted cash to buy some heroin and crack cocaine and his friend went off for 15 minutes to a chemists before returning.
When he came back an argument flared.
Knight punched his friend who ran off and a chase began to Pitsmoor Road.
Knight caught up with the man, dragged him to the ground and demanded £20 and his ‘gear’, while kicking him twice in the ribs and face before punching him.
Witnesses said he was angry and shouting: “Give me my money.”
A passing motorist rescued the victim, but Knight bit his pal’s arm drawing blood and pushed a thumb into his eye before the police arrived.
The victim suffered a broken tooth, swollen eye and sore ribs and was worried his attacker would strike again.
Knight, of no fixed address, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm on August 2 and was jailed for 20 months.
Judge Coe said: “You are taking a realistic and frank approach to your situation.”