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Former Commonwealth boxing champ Nicky Booth punched Waitrose security guard who caught him stealing coffee

A boxing champion who once fought for a world title has appeared in court after he lashed out at a security guard who caught him stealing tins of coffee worth just 16. Nicky Booth was ordered to pay 100 compensation to the guard who had caught him stealing from Waitrose in Milton Street, Nottingham city centre. Booth, 37, once held the Commonwealth and British boxing1 titles as a bantamweight.

He even challenged for the IBO world title in 2001, but was stopped in seven rounds by Jose Sanjuanelo at Wembley Conference Centre.

Football hooligan banned as judge speaks up for lawful fans2

On May 4 this year Booth, who lives in Hucknall, visited Nottingham after staying with relatives and going ‘cold turkey’ in a bid to beat drugs. He went to the Waitrose store and stole three tins of coffee worth 15.66, said Lee Shepherd, prosecuting at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court3 on Wednesday November 8.

Nicky Booth boxing at Harvey Hadden in 2003

Booth then returned to the store later that day and tried to get away with four tins of coffee worth 16.72, but was spotted. Mr Shepherd said: “The security guard tried to detain him and he was punched to the jaw . After being arrested, Mr Booth was apologetic for his actions.”

Defence solicitor Chris Saunders told the court: “He comes across as a frail character nowadays . You can see he has trouble getting his words out correctly.

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“You have seen he is almost shuffling when he comes into court .

He has been out of trouble for ten years and the problem is Class A drugs . When I spoke to him, he said ‘I need some help.’

“At the moment, he has various illnesses . His immune system is currently attacking his antibodies.”

When the assault took place, Booth was with a former partner who was pregnant.
Mr Saunders added: “It was in effect a warning strike.”

Nicky Booth boxing at Harvey Hadden Stadium in 2002

Booth, of Burberry Avenue, Hucknall4, admitted assault and twice stealing coffee from the Waitrose store.

He must pay 85 prosecution costs, an identical amount as a government tax, and 15.66 to Waitrose, on top of the compensation. He must also complete a six-month drug rehabilitation course.

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Deputy District Judge Richard Marshall told him: “You have been out of trouble for some time but you have obviously got yourself into trouble with drugs.”

In 2003 Booth lost a WBU title fight at Harvey Hadden Stadium against Nathan Sting, and never boxed professionally again. He retired with a record of 17 wins from 23 fights, but was later jailed for drug offences.

References

  1. ^ boxing (www.nottinghampost.com)
  2. ^ Football hooligan banned as judge speaks up for lawful fans (www.nottinghampost.com)
  3. ^ Nottingham Magistrates’ Court (www.nottinghampost.com)
  4. ^ Hucknall (www.nottinghampost.com)

Former Commonwealth boxing champ Nicky Booth punched …

A boxing champion who once fought for a world title has appeared in court after he lashed out at a security guard who caught him stealing tins of coffee worth just 16. Nicky Booth was ordered to pay 100 compensation to the guard who had caught him stealing from Waitrose in Milton Street, Nottingham city centre. Booth, 37, once held the Commonwealth and British boxing1 titles as a bantamweight.

He even challenged for the IBO world title in 2001, but was stopped in seven rounds by Jose Sanjuanelo at Wembley Conference Centre.

Football hooligan banned as judge speaks up for lawful fans2

On May 4 this year Booth, who lives in Hucknall, visited Nottingham after staying with relatives and going ‘cold turkey’ in a bid to beat drugs. He went to the Waitrose store and stole three tins of coffee worth 15.66, said Lee Shepherd, prosecuting at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court3 on Wednesday November 8.

Nicky Booth boxing at Harvey Hadden in 2003

Booth then returned to the store later that day and tried to get away with four tins of coffee worth 16.72, but was spotted. Mr Shepherd said: “The security guard tried to detain him and he was punched to the jaw . After being arrested, Mr Booth was apologetic for his actions.”

Defence solicitor Chris Saunders told the court: “He comes across as a frail character nowadays . You can see he has trouble getting his words out correctly.

Read More

“You have seen he is almost shuffling when he comes into court .

He has been out of trouble for ten years and the problem is Class A drugs . When I spoke to him, he said ‘I need some help.’

“At the moment, he has various illnesses . His immune system is currently attacking his antibodies.”

When the assault took place, Booth was with a former partner who was pregnant.
Mr Saunders added: “It was in effect a warning strike.”

Nicky Booth boxing at Harvey Hadden Stadium in 2002

Booth, of Burberry Avenue, Hucknall4, admitted assault and twice stealing coffee from the Waitrose store.

He must pay 85 prosecution costs, an identical amount as a government tax, and 15.66 to Waitrose, on top of the compensation. He must also complete a six-month drug rehabilitation course.

Read More

Deputy District Judge Richard Marshall told him: “You have been out of trouble for some time but you have obviously got yourself into trouble with drugs.”

In 2003 Booth lost a WBU title fight at Harvey Hadden Stadium against Nathan Sting, and never boxed professionally again. He retired with a record of 17 wins from 23 fights, but was later jailed for drug offences.

References

  1. ^ boxing (www.nottinghampost.com)
  2. ^ Football hooligan banned as judge speaks up for lawful fans (www.nottinghampost.com)
  3. ^ Nottingham Magistrates’ Court (www.nottinghampost.com)
  4. ^ Hucknall (www.nottinghampost.com)

Unlicensed door supervisor given suspended prison sentence for working without a licence

On 26 October, at Leamington Spa Magistrates Court, Karl Alexander Morrison, now known as Karl O Brien, was found guilty of working without an SIA licence. Morrison was found working without an SIA licence at an illegal traveller s encampment in Coventry, by our investigators, following intelligence received from Warwickshire Police in April 2017. From a subsequent investigation, it was discovered that Nottinghamshire Police were also gathering evidence of Morrison working without a licence, at a pub in Sutton in Ashfield.

Morrison was sentenced to 8 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of 500 and a victim surcharge of 115 (to be paid within a fortnight). Pete Easterbrook, our Criminal Investigations Manager said:

As the SIA investigated Morrison, our Investigators found him to be a volatile and aggressive individual. I am of the opinion that had he continued to work in a security related role, it is likely that the public would have been exposed to considerable risk. I am pleased that this risk has now been addressed, and I would like to thank both Nottinghamshire Police and the witnesses in this case for supporting the SIA to secure this conviction.”

This began in April 2017 when Warwickshire Police alerted our West Investigations Team that Morrison was unlicensed, an offence under the PSIA (2001).

Our investigators looked up his licensing history and found that he had a pending application to work in the close protection sector under the name Karl O Brien. He had also asked for an overseas criminality check exemption claiming he lived abroad from 2011-2016. To receive an overseas criminality check exemption, you need to send us a character reference and a signed and sworn oath from an EU registered solicitor to prove there are no criminal convictions for the relevant period. However, when we contacted the Prison Service, they confirmed he had been in prison at various times and resident in the UK during those years. We suspected that Morrison had applied under a different name because his previous offending would have meant he would not be granted an SIA licence.

Morrison failed to send us a character reference or sworn oath and no further action was made to his application. In May 2017, we began the process to prosecute Morrison

Pete Easterbrook, our Criminal Investigations Manager also added:

I share the concern expressed by the court that someone with Karl Morrison s offending history was found working in the security industry. I am satisfied that the sentence imposed in this case reflects the seriousness of the offences he committed. This case serves to highlight that there that there is no place whatsoever within the security industry for those who deliberately undermine the safeguards that regulation provides – those who do can expect to be dealt with robustly.

Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
  • For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk.

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