Killer facing jail again after he was caught cutting grass with pair of scissors
A convicted killer could be sent back to jail after ‘acting strangely’ with a pair of scissors and battering a pensioner.
Karl Hardwick, 37, was stopped by an officer after being spotted using scissors to cut the lawn in the front garden of a property in Worcester on September 22, last year.
The incident breached the terms of his Criminal Behaviour Order he was given for a previous assault on a police officer in 2017, Worcester Crown Court heard. Hardwick admitted on Friday to possessing a bladed article – namely scissors.
In a separate incident in April this year, Hardwick admitted battery against a 70-year-old woman, the court also heard.
Judge Nicholas Cole said: ‘These are offences which, taken together, cross the custody threshold. He was acting strangely with the scissors’.
The judge highlighted that Hardwick has a ‘significant’ criminal record, including a conviction for manslaughter in 2000.
He was jailed for eight years after he and a friend kicked dad-of-four Thomas O’Brien, 47, to death over a row about money outside a hostel in August that year.
Mr O’Brien, a scaffolder, suffered fatal brain injuries after he was repeatedly booted in the head by Hardwick and Graham Davis, 18.
The court heard Mr O’Brien had been staying at the hostel after falling into alcoholism and a row broke out between him and Hardwick’s friends.
Speaking of the latest charges, Simon Burch, prosecuting, said: ‘It’s clear there’s some peculiar features of the offence, not least the bladed article which are scissors used by the defendant to cut grass in the presence of the officer.’
Hardwick was remanded into custody and ordered to return to court on November 13 for sentencing.
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