Prison term for serial offender

Mark Mattocks (picture by Hull News and Pictures)
Mark Mattocks (picture by Hull News and Pictures)

A CONVICTED drug dealer who moved to Bridlington to put his monumental record of crime behind him has been jailed for nine months for possession of stun guns, cannabis and twice driving while disqualified - having been banned four times.

Mark Mattocks, 38, moved to Bridlington from York after release from a five-year prison sentence for selling heroin to an undercover police officer in York on four occasions in 2004.

Despite being given the chance to go straight since his release he was soon increasing his record of 169 offences. He has twice been before Bridlington Magistrates in 2010 and 2011 for possession of controlled drugs.

Police raided his flat on Trinity Road on 12 December 2011 and found 16 grams of cannabis and two stun guns capable of arcing a blue electric shock.

While on police bail, he twice drove a Vauxhall Astra without insurance on January 5. He was spotted by police at the Esso petrol station on Scarborough Road, Bridlington, and again later visiting a convenience store on Quay Road, where he was arrested.

Mattocks pleaded guilty to possession of the stun guns, cannabis and two offences of driving while disqualified and appeared at Hull Crown Court for sentence on Monday April 16.

The court was told Mattocks grew up in care from the age of eight and became estranged from his family. He embarked on a trail of offending including theft and burglary spanning two decades.

He has made 46 court appearances and has more than 12 convictions for driving while disqualified.

Defence barrister Charlotte Baines said the stun guns were bought from a joke shop in Blackpool and had been put away hidden in his flat. “He has an appalling history,” said Ms Baines. “It is indicative of his drug problems over the years. The stun guns are the most serious offences. They were bought as a joke. He has not used them in anyway.”

Recorder Abdul Iqbal ordered Mattocks to stand as he told him: “You are 38 and your criminal record is, I am sorry to say, appalling. Your record stretches to 23 pages.

“When police found these stun guns one partially worked, the other was in full working order. On January 5 you were driving a vehicle without insurance. This was not the first time. You have an appalling record and this was another instance of you indicating your disregard for the law. I take the view only a custodial sentence can be passed.”

He jailed Mattocks now of Richmond Street, Bridlington, for nine months and seven days and disqualified him from driving for two years.