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Jail for Kingsway man who got into stranger's bed, threatened kebab workers with a knife and launched random assault at Gloucester Bus Station

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

Ralph Dube

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AN ‘out of control single man crimewave’ has been jailed for three years following a string of bizarre drunken offences.

Ralph Dube left Hannah Dowding terrified when he walked into her Podsmead home, took his clothes off and got into bed with her at 6.45am on October 9, last year.

Prosecutor Julian Kesner said she was terrified and screaming when Dube, who was a complete stranger to her, came into her bedroom and he told her to ‘keep quiet and stop screaming’ before taking his trousers off.

He said: “She shot out of bed, grabbed her phone and ran downstairs into the street. She was wearing just a short top and was screaming for help at the top of her voice.”

A dog walker came to her aid and the police were called to find Dube, 24, of Valley Gardens in Kingsway, in bed, but wearing his trousers.

Mr Kesner told the court: “Although he made no specific threats, she was terrified.

“In a victim statement she said she felt absolutely horrified. She said ‘I was worried he was going to stab me, rape me. He could have done anything. When I first saw him he had his right hand behind his back. I was terrified’.”

Since, Mrs Dowding is said to have suffered nightmares and been left feeling anxious.

But that wasn’t the end of the 24-year-old’s crime spree.

On November 23 last year he went into Yummies kebab shop in Eastgate Street, where he had been causing trouble the week before, and the police had to be called. Dube brought up the previous argument and said ‘I’m going to kill you all’ before bringing out a knife.

Mr Kesner said Dube launched an unprovoked attack on Andrew Arnolson at Gloucester Bus Station on August 3 last year where he ran up to him, out of nowhere, pushed him to the ground and then kicked him.

Dube had been issued with a harbouring order in July last year, which meant he was not to have contact with a 15-year-old girl. But on August 24, after she had gone missing from home, her mum called Dube and she answered the phone.

Mr Kesner said: “She explained that she was with the defendant, that he had been injured and she went to him. In interview he said she had turned up at his house and that was the reason they were together.”

Earlier that day, he stole four bottles of own brand vodka and whisky, worth £68 from the Co-op in Bath Road, Cheltenham.

The court heard Dube was involved in another strange incident on October 19 last year, when his ex-girlfriend approached four Hartpury College students on their way home from Gloucester.

Mr Kesner said: “She asked if they had a deodorant spray. They were taken aback and confused. Then the defendant screams ‘leave her alone don’t talk to our friend like that’.

“The defendant throws a punch towards one of the students and attempts to start a fight.”

The court heard he offended again on November 2 when he was asked to leave Registry nightclub for using profane language, but was later seen trying to climb a fence to get back in.

And on November 16 last year he refused to comply with a dispersal order, banning him from Gloucester city centre for 48 hours, when he was caught in Eastgate Street by police who had been called to a fight.

Defending, Sarah Jenkins said Dube had been subjected to a brutal attack by seven men and suffered some unpleasant injuries.

She said when he was unwell he had become reliant on alcohol.

She told the court: “Almost without exception he has very little recollection of these issues.

“He describes feeling lost and somewhat depressed when he fell asleep in the girl’s bed.”

Judge Jamie Tabor QC questioned why Dube was not remanded in custody during the crimewave.

He said someone could have “quite easily died” when drunken Dube pulled out the knife in the kebab shop.

He told him: “Your life was out of control and you were a single man crimewave.”

Dube pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault, one at Gloucester Bus Station and the other on Mrs Dowding, child abduction, theft, using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards the students, drunk and disorderly and refusal to comply with a dispersal order.

The Zimbabwean, who moved to the UK when he was 14, further admitted possession of a blade in a public place at Yummies and racially aggravated harassment.

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  • cityboy1981  |  March 10 2014, 1:09AM

    Send him back home to the s@#t hole he come from.

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  • TruthSeeker7  |  March 09 2014, 3:08PM

    sounds as though he has mental health problems, unfortunately people who do often act out of character and come to the knowledge of the police several times before they receive the assessment and help they need. hopefully this will now be looked at and this man can get to some kind of normality

  • LJPoppy  |  March 05 2014, 12:44PM

    So this dangerous odd ball is to be freed in two years (or possibly less)? Are we supposed to feel safe in this knowledge? How many more like him in (Kingsway) Glos, let's hope none? Kingsway has more of it's fair share of unsavouries, but please don't forget us law abiding residents who were sold the vision (or lie) of village life when we were duped by the (oh so lovely) new homes sales staff!

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  • RoadWombat  |  March 02 2014, 5:44PM

    "...because we let in unhindered or do not deport these nasty criminals". 'Ooman Rights Act, I'm afraid. The criminals' charter!

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  • JemmyWood  |  March 02 2014, 11:11AM

    Kingsway.... South Gloucester's very own Barton Street.

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  • Justica  |  March 02 2014, 10:49AM

    So, this young woman has to suffer nightmares for the rest of her life because we let in unhindered or do not deport these nasty criminals. Quite a contrast to Brits wanting to emigrate - strong work ethic (often a secured job), solvency, health, no criminal record. Who has got it wrong do you think ?

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