Gosport man hit by bottle after stepping in to protect children

ATTACKER Jamie Hickman
ATTACKER Jamie Hickman

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A GOOD Samaritan who stood up for some boys who were being bullied was attacked with a bottle and a bike chain.

Scott Stevens went to check the youngsters were okay when he saw they were being hassled by a large group of older boys in a park.

But the gang, who had been drinking in Grove Park, Gosport, turned on him.

The oldest, 19-year-old Jamie Hickman, swung a bottle of Stella Artois lager at him, which Mr Stevens managed to block with his arm, catching Hickman in the mouth as he did so.

Furious that he had been hit in the mouth Hickman then grabbed a bike chain and threatened Mr Stevens.

Hickman’s friends, two boys aged 16 and 15, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stood by, urging him to hit Mr Stevens with the chain, while others threw a stone and a bottle at him.

The 16-year-old then took the chain off Hickman and repeatedly swung it, hitting Mr Stevens in the head and back.

Fortunately the 23-year-old victim managed to grab it from him and the assault came to an end.

Hickman, of Varos Close, Gosport, pleaded guilty to two charges of having an offensive weapon, one of common assault and one public order offence following the attack last April.

Robert Bryan, defending, described him as a troubled young man who had the mental age of a 12-year-old.

Sentencing him at Portsmouth Crown Court Judge Roger Hetherington said: ‘You were in a large group of young people and you were drunk.

‘Some of your group started making difficulties for a couple of young people in the park and the victim of this offence, in a public-spirited way, tried to assist them and ensure that they weren’t being bullied by your group.

‘For his pains he was then turned on by three of you acting as a group.’

He added: ‘It was a disgraceful incident against a victim who was acting perfectly properly.’

Hickman was told to do 100 hours of unpaid work and he must stick to a curfew between 7pm and 6am for three months.

He will have 12 months of supervision from the probation service to help him stay out of trouble.

Judge Hetherington warned him: ‘You won’t get another opportunity.

‘If you commit this sort of offence again you will be going straight to custody.’

The 16-year-old was given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order at an earlier hearing for affray and possessing an offensive weapon.

The 15-year-old was jailed for four months for common assault.