Damien Hammond, 31, wrapped a bowling ball in jeans before dropping it on his victim’s head (Picture: SWNS)
A man who dressed as The Joker to terrorise retail staff during a three-month rampage has been jailed after fracturing a council worker’s skull with a bowling ball.
Damien Hammond, 31, left the man in a heap on the floor with blood streaming down his face after dropping the ball from an upstairs window in Nottingham.
He had gone on a crime-spree just miles away from the Nottinghamshire village of Gotham in 2018, when he appeared in a police mugshot in a distinctive purple jacket, green shirt and makeup to look like the comic book villain.
On Friday he was found guilty of grievous bodily harm and admitted affray at Nottingham Crown Court, following the latest incident, on December 30, 2019. Hammond had started shouting at council workers who were moving a TV from below his flat in Strelley Street, claiming that the set was his.
That led to him eventually throwing the ball, wrapped in a pair of jeans, on to the local authority employee’s head.
The unnamed victim was treated in hospital for life-changing injuries, including a fractured skull and brain trauma.
After emergency service crews arrived, a stand-off then ensued between police officers and Hammond, who refused to come down and launched more items at those below him.
Hammond has been banned from the entire city centre in Nottingham for a string of crimes (Picture: SWNS)
Hours later he emerged on the window ledge and threatened officers with a hammer, but eventually he dropped down at 2.30pm and was arrested.
Hammond was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on January 29, 2021.
On hearing his latest sentence, Hammond, who appeared in court with bright green hair, screamed: ‘Send me to prison, I don’t care.’
As he was led to the cells, he added: ‘See what you have done, I will kill today.’
It comes after he admitted a string of charges including criminal damage, obstructing a police officer, and possessing cannabis in 2018.
The victim suffered life-changing injuries (Picture: SWNS)
He has also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct towards staff in branches of Tesco Express and Shoe Zone.
Nottingham Magistrates’ Court previously heard he waved a gun-shaped cigarette lighter while standing in traffic.
Hammond, who is well known around the city for his obsession with Batman and the Joker, went on a crime wave after he was given a suspended 21-week prison sentence, the court heard.
He was also been banned from Nottingham’s entire city centre.
In a report to the court, Community Protection Enforcement Officer Jeff Surgay said: ‘The defendant’s criminal conduct involving intimidating retail staff and disorderly conduct towards police officers, in one case striking an officer to the forehead whilst obstructing a drugs search, has been conducted over a prolonged period of time.
‘That, together with him altering his appearance to resemble “The Joker” appears to be calculated to induce fear into members of the public and retail staff in the city centre.
‘His actions had the capacity to endanger retail staff and other innocent parties nearby.
‘It’s clear that action needed to be taken to prevent his continued criminal and anti-social behaviour.’
The court was told Hammond, of no fixed address, had already been banned from the intu Victoria Centre until April 2021 at a previous sentencing.
A new three-year Criminal Behaviour Order also bans him from entering the city centre.
Inspector Anwaar Ahmed, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘Hammond has been a persistent offender in the city centre and his behaviour has not only caused distress to shop workers and members of the public but has also escalated to him being disorderly and obstructive toward police officers.
‘Despite being offered support from partner agencies and previously being given a second chance by the court his offending continued.
‘It is very rare for someone to be banned from the entire city centre but when necessary we and our partner agencies will take all steps available to us to prevent this kind of behaviour.’
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