Pensioner jailed for attacking Hells Angel

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

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Submitted by Visordown News on Wed, 29/09/2010 - 13:55

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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