Pensioner jailed for attacking Hells Angel

66-year-old gets 18 months for causing grievous bodily harm to bike gang member

Posted: 29 September 2010
by Visordown News

Don't mess with Degroot

A PENSIONER has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to causing grievious bodily harm to a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

Keith Degroot, 66, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Hells Angel Stephen Hall after the pensioner smashed Hall in the face with a walking stick for calling him a "f***ing Jew".

Degroot, who lived in sheltered housing in Leeds, became embroiled in an altercation with Hall in the Duck and Drake pub, in which the pensioner's glasses were knocked from his face by the burly biker.

Sheffield Crown Court heard how Mr Degroot then smashed the Hall in the face with his walking stick, causing serious head and facial injuries - including bleeding on the brain and a fractured cheekbone in the attack in April 2009.

Recorder Jane Rowley said: "I accept that you did not intend serious harm but that your reaction was that you were reckless as to whether harm was caused when you struck him a blow of some force with a strike to the face.

"Your offence is so serious that neither a fine nor community punishment can be imposed."

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Bet the guy never expected grandad to fight back .Maybe the old dude was  a nazi in his younger days.

Posted: 29/09/2010 at 15:04

Total bollocks, the old guy should be able to walk away.  A 66 year old guy gets picked on in a pub, i'd guess as an easy target.  If he causes the guy harm, so what?

At 66, the guy isnt going to want to have to hit him twice, he was doing the job properly the first time around, clearly the guy picked on the wrong man.

How about a law that says if you start a fight, you cant complain to the law when the other guy ends it?  I might make people thing twice about hitting someone in the first place.

Posted: 29/09/2010 at 15:15

Mm, good thinking: a Jewish Nazi...

Posted: 29/09/2010 at 15:23

Rob M 9: totally agree with you.

Posted: 29/09/2010 at 15:24

totally agree.that prick was picking on the old guy because he knew he could get away with it and only in britain would that old man go to prison.

this and the fact that the MC;s are violent but are quick to cry lawyer  

Posted: 29/09/2010 at 15:29

How much of a red neck was that , being a member of a hells angels gang and getting wacked by a grandad and having the courts do your work lol lol .

How does that song go /  oh yeh , ........Grandad we love you

Posted: 29/09/2010 at 16:07

Spot on Kawa7900.

He must have given his quite a slap to make those glasses go flying, they look pretty hefty.

Also how hard do you need to whack somebody with a walking stick to cause bleeding on the brain? good on him i say.

Posted: 29/09/2010 at 17:02

Why is it that the old boy gets 18 months in prison for defending himself but the tw*t of a Hell's pussycat doesn't get charged with a hate crime for calling him a 'F*****g Jew'?  Looks like the law is an ass again!

Posted: 29/09/2010 at 18:02

And what was the man who assaulted the pensioner charged with?

Seems the pensioner was jailed for defending himself too well when we all know if he had not he would have been in hospital rather than jailor perhaps dead, no justice was served in this case. 

Posted: 29/09/2010 at 18:51

Nobody mentioned who started it. Rather jumping to conclusions aren't you?

Could be like the old prat near me - walked past my bike the other day shouted "F***ing motorbikes! Shouldn't be allowed (etc etc)" Then smashed the headlamp. He's late 70's (I'm only 63).

Posted: 29/09/2010 at 23:15

Jewish Nazi? Did you READ the article?

Posted: 29/09/2010 at 23:17

Scumbag biker gang(most likley a gang since the pussys rarely travel alone) harrass old man. Old man defends himself. Old man goes to jail....what the f*ck?!? 

Posted: 30/09/2010 at 03:43

thats just dead wrong, someone should get this story to your local news and get some momentum behind it.  I dont care how old and crusty a guy can be, you dont hit him, damm right that Hells angels loser got popped.  Get that guy out of jail

Posted: 30/09/2010 at 06:15

His name is DeGroot which is a Dutch name so I reckon his family escaped before the Nazi's started killing the Jews in Holland during WWII.

The guy Hall is a wimp several times over, first he picks on a pensioner, second he gets the crap beaten out of him, third he goes running to the cops!

Mr DeGroot I am very proud of you!

Posted: 30/09/2010 at 06:35

  Great story but inaccurate.  Wasn't a Hells Angel.  Was a different club alltogether.

Posted: 30/09/2010 at 11:34

lmao   whether he was a Angel or not  .. Biker gets taken out by a OAP !!!! I am pissing my self laughing.  He got a proper eduction beaten into him LOL....   As said No justice here though   

Posted: 30/09/2010 at 12:58

What club was he, Craig Hall?

Posted: 30/09/2010 at 16:18

Black Widows MC....

Posted: 30/09/2010 at 20:11

Know more about the story. It is often that club members get picked on or harassed, this old man was probably spouting crap and drunk, he started it, and the club member did not harm him probably for respect for his age.  You guys need to get a life, and get educated before you make stupid comments. 

Posted: 30/09/2010 at 22:13

"What club was he, Craig Hall?"

Blue Angels MC Leeds

Posted: 01/10/2010 at 14:49

If he had not pled guilty, would he have had a jury trial?  On my side of the pond a jury trial might have led to an aquittal under the circumstances...

Posted: 04/10/2010 at 20:03

I think you all need to get your facts right before chatting your shit, the oap keith hit steven hall from behind with a metal bar which happened outside and not in the pub the old landlord as cctv showing keith going to his car and coming back with a metal bar. the guy isnt such a saint as he as attacked a member of bar staff with a baseball bat and threaten one of the old land ladys!! i dont think steven hall would have such serious injuries with a walking stick do you? i could say such more about the oap he isnt the saint that you all think he is!! 

Posted: 06/10/2010 at 21:26

No one was saying the owd fella was a saint, just he was a lot smaller, Jewish, disabled and a pensioner some16 years older then the guy who ended up in hospital.  Sure, there are old folk who bad mouth bikers.  In my time I and others have been on the receiving end of abuse by geriatrics simply because of long hair, leather and two wheels but we do not retaliate, to do so would just be lame and we have a bit more pride than that.  Shrug and pass on by or laugh it off.

Furthermore, on the subject of facts, no cctv evidence was ever mentioned and if the police had had any footage it would have been used as material evidence and the OAP would have not been facing actual bodily harm.  The injuries to Hall are not consistent with being struck from behind with anything let alone an 'metal bar'.  Fractured cheek and facial injuries speak of a frontal assault not one from behind.  A walking stick is quite capable of inflicting the injuries, as is a trained fist.  There are a lot of old Jewish guys around who have been trained and fought in the Israil army, it's kind of a thing with them, even if born in other countries, to go out and do a stint.  It could be that the OAP is one such and Hall picked the wrong guy to get into strife with.

Anyway, regardless of all that, 'David' took out 'Goliath' to quote the old book of fairy tales, and the blue angels do not exactly have a history of pacifism nor fighting fair themselves.  The so called 'stain on their honour' is not because one of their number was bested in a fight but the very fact that they went crying to the police because he lost.  It's an own goal guys.

By involving the police they made the whole thing very public and shamed themselves, that action showed a total lack of class and reflects badly on all bikers.  It's an own goal guys. 

Let us hope they do not compound their poor judgement with some half assed vendetta because that will only make a bad business worse for everyone on two wheels.

Posted: 20/01/2011 at 08:30

here the blue angels are known grasses and have been doing it to each other for years especially one called nico who grassed a guy up for stabbing him to fuck,,nico and four other bluearseholes picked on a biker called mad mitch from swinton near rotheram,,any way this on guy whacked 5 of thm and all five blue angels made statements against him and got him charged with attempted murder ,all these blue angels in leeds want whacking out.

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 19:41

here the blue angels are known grasses and have been doing it to each other for years especially one called nico who grassed a guy up for stabbing him to fuck,,nico and four other bluearseholes picked on a biker called mad mitch from swinton near rotheram,,any way this one guy whacked 5 of them and all five blue angels made statements against him and got him charged with attempted murder ,all these blue angels in leeds want whacking out.

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 19:44

Yep, looks like another media hype story designed to generate biker hate? wonder if this ever even occured? I am sure the HA would have a view, I,m sure it wouldnt be newsworthy much better to print sensationalist crap probobly the artwork of the BBc  nudge department...Join together and pull the problem apart..not each other,

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 18:41

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