Homeless thug who went on crime spree dressed as the Joker is jailed

Homeless thug, 29, who dressed up as Batman nemesis the Joker before carrying out three month crime spree is jailed for almost six months and banned from a city centre for three years

  • Damien Hammond, 29, was jailed for 22 weeks at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court
  • He wore clown makeup and dyed his hair bright green to impersonate the Joker
  • Thug shouted ‘See what you have done, I will kill today’ following his sentencing
  • Admitted criminal damage, obstructing police officer, possessing cannabis, antagonising shop staff and waving a gun-shaped lighter at motorists

Joker wannabe Damien Hammond, 29, was sentenced to 22 weeks in prison at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court

A thug wannabe who dressed up as the Joker before terrorising police during a three-month crime spree screamed ‘I will kill today’ as he was jailed for almost six months.

Homeless Damien Hammond, 29, was sentenced to 22 weeks in prison at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court after admitting a string of charges including criminal damage, obstructing a police officer and possessing cannabis.

Hammond wreaked havoc in Nottingham wearing a distinctive purple jacket, green shirt and makeup impersonating the Batman villain. 

The thug also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct towards staff in branches of Tesco Express and Shoe Zone and waving a gun-shaped cigarette lighter while in front of traffic.  

On hearing his 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 shouted: ‘See what you have done, I will kill today.’

Bizarrely, his string of offences took place just a few miles away from the village of Gotham.

Hammond, who is well known around Nottingham for his obsession with the comic-book villain, was also banned from the city centre for three years.

Hammond went on his crime spree wearing a distinctive purple jacket, green shirt and makeup (pictured)

The court heard Hammond went on a crime wave after he was given a 21-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, on April 17.

He was spared jail on that occasion after admitting theft, possession of an offensive weapon and indecent exposure. 

The court also heard that whilst wearing clothes and makeup to look like the Joker had a ‘sinister, aggravating effect’ on his victims.

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.


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‘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 had already been banned from the Intu Victoria Shopping Centre until April 2021 at the previous court sentencing in April this year.

Jobless Hammond is well known around Nottingham for his obsession with the comic-book villain, played by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (pictured)

Efforts had also been made to provide support and help him escape his spiral of worsening behaviour.

The new three-year Criminal Behaviour Order bans him from entering the entire 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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