Cricket bat attacker jailed for 90 days
A father whose 14-year-old son was beaten with a cricket bat has criticised a 90-day jail term given to his attacker.
The man who carried out the attack, Glen Fox, appeared at Magistrates' Court yesterday. As well as his prison sentence, he was given two years' probation.
As part of his probation he was ordered by Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner not to associate with individuals engaged in illegal activity, comply with all random drug tests and join a life skills programme with an emphasis on anger management.
The attack on the teenage boy in St David's happened on June 2. The father of the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “At least he got some time but at the same time I think, for the brutality of his attack, that was kind of lenient. But it is what it is. I think he should have got more. It was my belief that the law was three to five years.
“He attacked my son with a bat and got 90 days. I don't think that was severe enough, but I have to leave it in the hands of the court.”
The entire attack was recorded on CCTV cameras and the teenager was taken to the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre, where he was treated for multiple cuts and bruises.
The victim's father wants to see his son's attacker become a better person from treatment.
“He himself needs to solve his issue, because locking somebody in a cell doesn't do that. He needs help with himself, with anger management.”
In hindsight, the victim's father wished the matter had been dealt with in a less violent manner.
“I wish he would have been a man about it and come to me, you know what I mean? To discuss whatever was going on before he did what he did. But to go off the way he did, I don't think that was called for at all.”
At about 4.50pm on the day of the attack Fox approached the teenager, who was playing cricket, and told him: “I'm going to deal with your a**.”
The court heard 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 boy got back on his feet, Fox attacked him again, but was pulled away by members of the public. He went inside the Gulf Stream housing facility, where he was confronted by the victim's father.
Fox, who was representing himself, was asked by Mr Warner if he was drunk when it happened.
He replied: “I had a beer or two.”
Mr Warner told him: “You dare hit someone's child when in an impaired state of mind through alcohol? You cannot drink, get drunk and beat up people's children.”
The victim's father gave The Royal Gazette an update on his son's health since the attack. He said: “He's fine now. He's doing what he has to do for the summer and is in summer camp.”
Fox, of St David's, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing actual bodily harm to the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and having an offensive weapon during the incident near the Gulf Stream housing facility.