66-year-old gets 18 months for causing grievous bodily harm to bike gang member
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."
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
Posted: 29/09/2010 at 15:23
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
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
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
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
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Posted: 30/09/2010 at 22:13
"What club was he, Craig Hall?"
Blue Angels MC Leeds
Posted: 01/10/2010 at 14:49
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Posted: 17/11/2012 at 19:41
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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