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'Out of control' Matson tearaway Robert Hiam behind bars after headbutting police officer

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

Robert Hiam

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Teen menace Robert Hiam is back behind bars for breaching his antisocial behaviour injunction yet again.

Neighbours are sick of the 19-year-old’s aggressive and abusive behaviour and were relieved to hear he is finally off the streets for now.

He was arrested on New Year’s Eve after threatening a woman who tried to call police – she alleged he had thrown a mug of hot coffee over her.

When officers arrived to arrest him, one was headbutted and punched by Hiam, Gloucester County Court heard last month.

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He was sentenced to a total of 36 weeks in custody – 12 weeks for the assault on the female and 24 weeks for the assault on the police officer. The sentences are to run concurrently.

And he will serve a further 26 weeks for the same offences after a trial in magistrates’ court last week.

He was banned from almost all of Matson in May last year when Gloucester City Homes won an antisocial behaviour injunction against him because of his violent conduct, but he continued to terrorise.

He was jailed for 40 days in July for breaching the injunction, but later that month after an early release breached it twice more and was jailed for 14 and 26 days concurrently. A further breach saw him put behind bars for 12 weeks after going to his mum’s home on September 13.

“I could point to anyone in Matson and they’d know of him,” said one resident, who did not wish to be named for fear of reprisals.

“He is out of control but I must say that the police and Gloucester City Homes have been really hot on this and dealt with him. I know he has been put in jail but perhaps he should stay there a bit longer and learn a lesson.”

Vanessa Worrall, project manager for Together Matson, said it runs many schemes to make sure youngsters don’t go off the rails, and agreed that GCH does a good job in dealing with antisocial behaviour.

“They deal with it really well,” she said. “They will work with people to try to get them to change their ways but if they don’t, then they will act with the police.”

Hiam was arrested in the city centre on New Year’s Eve and became verbally abusive and aggressive to two officers, then punched one on the head and headbutted him with enough force to cause concussion and dislodge his teeth. The officer was hospitalised and unable to work for some time. Extra officers were deployed to the scene but Hiam was also abusive to them, resisted arrest, threatened further violence and laughed at the injuries caused to the first officer.

Hiam was brought before the court for an emergency hearing on New Year’s Day, before being remanded in custody for a trial.

He appeared before the county court for a trial on January 7. Reporting on those proceedings were delayed due to the criminal trial also taking place for the same offences. Charged with assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, he was sentenced to a further 26 weeks in jail by magistrates.

On his release, victims of his ways will be informed he is out and Gloucester City Homes has vowed to keep close tabs on him, with police set to be called at the first sign of trouble.

Emily Jones, senior antisocial behaviour officer for Gloucester City Homes and the multi-agency Project Solace, said: “Robert Hiam has shown absolute lack of remorse for his actions in this instance and an ongoing disregard for the law and agencies who try to enforce it as well as those who have offered him support.

“He needs to understand that by continuing to breach his injunction, he will receive longer and longer prison sentences.”

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  • Hadagmaja  |  March 03 2014, 1:30AM

    What an ugly little ooik. No doubt he thinks he's a playa! People like this need to be dealt with harder than just a few weeks in court. He should be tagged and on permanent curfew when he's released!

  • MrBigEdd99  |  February 28 2014, 3:25PM

    He has a samurai sword in his hand. How long will it be before someone is on the recieving end of that!

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  • joner63  |  February 28 2014, 2:34PM

    i can almost predict someone will post that he had a bad upbringing who cares because I don't and believe me if I was a neighbour of his he,d know about it he probably only picks on people weaker than he is so he doesn't get a slapping I bet he is the leader for all his stupid mates having done a bit of bird he will end up getting a long sentence sooner or later total gutterslum

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  • bonzaharris1  |  February 28 2014, 2:21PM

    As he likes prison so much and so obviously regards prison as home, why not just lock up the toe rag permanently. I am sick to death of hearing about scum like this ruining peoples lives with their disgusting behaviour, he evidently hasn't learnt a thing from the short sentences he has received, so give him a hefty prison sentence and give the neighbourhood a proper break from him.

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  • NIGHTRIDER69  |  February 28 2014, 10:35AM


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  • lewipaul  |  February 28 2014, 8:23AM

    What a ****.

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