A PERSISTENT criminal who kicked a dad to death has been jailed for breaching a court order and a suspended sentence.

Karl Hardwick, 35, was sentenced to a total of 22 weeks in prison at Worcester Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The court heard that Ronkswood resident Hardwick swore and caused a person to feel distressed in Worcester on November 24 last year, and on December 5 made threats to a person in public. He admitted both offences.

This breached a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) that Hardwick was given in December 2017, which banned him from shouting, swearing or behaving aggressively in any manner that causes people to feel alarmed, harassed or distressed.

The 22-week jail term was also a result of Hardwick breaching a suspended sentence he was given in September 2017 for assaulting police constable Deborah Manson in the execution of her duty.

Hardwick's offences meant that he also breached suspended sentences for stealing three bottles of fragrance from Boots in Worcester and resisting a constable in the executive of his duty, crimes committed in September 2017.

Hardwick, whose aliases were listed as Matt Decken and Matthew Dicken, has a long list of previous convictions.

He was sentenced to eight years' youth custody in 2000, when he was 17, after admitting being one of two teenagers who killed Kidderminster father-of-four Thomas O’Brien by kicking him to death outside a Worcester hostel for the homeless.

In December 2015, he admitted assaulting his stepdad Darren Green and was given a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work.

Hardwick was also ordered to pay £600 compensation to Mr Green.