Crack cocaine addict caged for list of crimes including threat to pour ammonia over 'disgusted' ex

Jack Hand
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A heroin dealer has been caged for a catalogue of crimes including a threat to pour ammonia over his ex-girlfriend and attack her grandma.

Jack Hand, 20, also slapped an employee in a mobile phone shop and threatened to "put a knife" in him when the man refused him a refund. In another separate offence he punched a man in the street, causing a serious bleed on the victim's brain.

When Hand was taken off the streets and held on remand ahead of his sentencing, he rang his estranged partner from Durham prison, and threatened to "wire up her gran's jaw."

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Hand appeared at Teesside Crown Court via video link from prison, as a judge sat for over two hours to hear the details of all of his crimes.

The crook was caught dealing drugs by an undercover police officer over the summer of 2021. Along with two others, he ran a single phone line for heroin users to place their orders, then met customers at pre-arranged destinations.

But in May 2021, Hand sold heroin to an undercover officer nine times. The next month, he was selling heroin and crack cocaine to another officer who was able to take a photo of him. The police were then able to identify Hand and arrest him.

Racist attack

In November 2021, Hand was in the Talk Timeshop on Newport Road, in Middlesbrough, where he complained that his mobile phone, bought a few weeks earlier, was broken. When the Talk Time employee said the phone wasn't bought in his shop, Hand began racially abusing him before slapping the worker around the face and pulling the CCTV camera off the staff room wall.

Punched partner

After an argument with his girlfriend, Caitlin Kelly (who agreed to be named in this court report) on October 11, 2022, Hand followed her as she walked to a funeral house. He punched her in the face, slapped her and said he wouldn't stop "until she gave him the money she owed him." When she got in a taxi to her grandma's house, Hand turned up at the house and threatened to "throw ammonia" over his girlfriend.

Jon Harley, prosecuting, said that his girlfriend's grandma gave Hand the disputed £60 so he would leave them alone.

The next month, Hand tried to force a woman on Coronation Street in North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, to open her front door. Police later stopped him and found he had a bottle of ammonia in his pocket. He was later caught on camera trying another front door.

Street attack

On Jan 28 2023, Hand punched a man in the street - causing his victim to fall backwards and hit his head on the concrete. The man suffered bleeding on the brain; and fractures to his jaw and eye socket. Hand said he punched the man because he was assaulting his girlfriend, at around 9pm as the couple walked along Beaumont Road. The victim was placed in an induced coma and spent a month in hospital.

Threats from prison

Whilst being held on remand in Durham prison on March 22 last year, Hand rang Miss Kelly on the prison phone, and threatened "to smash her head in and wire up her granny's jaw."

Miss Kelly told police that she was "worried about what's going to happen next. I thought I was safe when he went to prison. I'm constantly living in fear. I just want Jack Hand to leave me alone."

Hand, of Henry Street, North Ormesby, was convicted of four counts of the possession of a class A drug with intent to supply between May and July of 2021.

He pleaded guilty to:

  • assault;

  • causing grievous bodily harm;

  • racially aggravated assault,

  • criminal damage;

  • having a corrosive substance in a public place;

  • attempted burglary;

  • sending malicious communications.

In mitigation, Gary Wood told the court that Hand has been in the care system "because of his challenging behaviour. He left his foster family and became homeless." Mr Wood said that his client is addicted to crack cocaine and and that he got involved in dealing to fund his habit. He says that Hand maintains that he came across a man assaulting a woman on Beaumont Road, and "that is why he threw the punch."

Judge Fiona Davies jailed Hand for four years, and made him the subject of a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his ex-girlfriend for five-years.

Miss Kelly left the court in tears, and told Teesside Live: "I'm not happy at all. I'm disgusted. He'll be out in eight months because of all the time he's had on remand."