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Man attacked alleged ‘gang banger’ with bat

A St David's man yesterday admitted beating a middle school student with a cricket bat in a playground.

Glen Fox, 46, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm and having an offensive weapon in the June 2 incident, which took place near the Gulf Stream housing facility.

The court heard that at around 4.50pm that day, Fox approached the teenager, who was playing cricket. He told the victim: “I’m going to deal with your a**.”

He took the bat from the teen and struck him in the head with it. The victim fell to the ground but Fox continued to swing the bat at him, striking him in the body.

When the complainant returned to his feet, Fox attacked him again, but the defendant was pulled away by members of the public.

He then went inside the Gulf Stream facility, where he was confronted by the victim’s father.

The court heard that the entire attack was recorded on CCTV cameras at the facility.

The teenager was taken to the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre, where he was treated for multiple abrasions and contusions.

Duty counsel Oonagh Vaucrosson said Fox often attended the housing facility and acted as a father figure for the youth in the area, taking them on excursions.

The lawyer said that he believed the victim in this case was affiliated with gangs and had been disrupting the community.

“In his mind, he has taken it upon himself, although not in the right vein, to right the wrongs he perceives [the complainant] has done in the Gulf Stream area,” she said. “He was trying to put a stop to the havoc that [the complainant] was causing in the area.”

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner disagreed.

“He hasn’t got any right to be around children, period,” he said.

Fox told the court that he has worked hard for the youth in the area, but the victim in the case was a gang banger who he said had been causing problems in the community.

“He’s not a child. If he approaches a man and says ‘I’m going to knock you the f*** out’, he’s not a child.”

Mr Warner said: “How does any of that excuse him approaching a child and assaulting him in this way?

“It was madness that was going on in his mind, and totally unacceptable.”

He ordered a social inquiry report and remanded Fox into custody until sentencing next month.

Dame Lois Browne-Evans courts building

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Published June 06, 2013 at 9:08 am (Updated June 06, 2013 at 10:21 am)

Man attacked alleged ‘gang banger’ with bat

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