Vigilante jailed for revenge attack on 18-year-old victim

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Twisted Jordan Kelly forced his terrified victim to endure a sick series of events before eventually throwing him naked into a freezing river in a revenge attack, a court heard.

The 20-year-old decided to take the law into his own hands when he sought revenge for the victim allegedly taking a bicycle from his neighbour, a crime that was never reported to police.

Jordan Kelly, 20, of Queen Street, Portsmouth, who has been sent to a young offenders' institute after forcing a victim to strip naked and jump in a freezing river

Jordan Kelly, 20, of Queen Street, Portsmouth, who has been sent to a young offenders' institute after forcing a victim to strip naked and jump in a freezing river

After demands for the victim to return the bike failed, Kelly lost his temper when he bumped into the victim on Christmas Eve in Portchester Precinct.

The victim, an 18-year-old acquaintance, was with two friends when Kelly grabbed him and forced him to walk to Portchester train station and board a train to Havant.

On the train, Kelly made him take his shoes and socks off. During the ordeal, the victim asked for help from passers-by who either did not hear or did not act.

Once off the train, Kelly forced him to walk to a bridge in Barncroft Way by the corner of Stockheath Lane over a freezing cold river.

Prosecutor Matthew Lawson said: ‘He tried to signal to people to get help but nobody did anything.’

Mr Lawson said that the victim did not run off because he was humiliated and as he got off the train he stepped on thorns and in dog mess and ‘by this point had become distressed and started to cry’.

A man with a dog did come to the victim’s aid on the bridge, but walked off after speaking to Kelly.

Once this man had gone, Kelly told the victim to take his clothes off, and when he refused, Kelly forced him to strip before throwing his possessions into the river.

Kelly then punched the victim in the face, forcing the him backwards over the railings and into the river.

Mr Lawson said: ‘The victim, having gone into the water and into a panic state, tried to signal for help from passers-by.

‘Unfortunately the first man did not speak English, another person going by helped the victim out of the water and described him as shaking cold and soaking wet.

‘Another woman gave him her jacket and assisted by calling the police, before he was taken to hospital.’

The victim suffered cuts and grazes to his arms, and broke his thumb in the fall.

The court heard that Kelly, who works as a groundworker in Southampton, has 74 previous offences for 32 incidents dating back to 2006, when he was just 11 years old.

Kelly’s defence Hugh French said Kelly had shown a ‘genuine empathy for the victim’ afterwards and that he had felt under pressure to get the bike back for his neighbour, who was an older man who knew that Kelly knew the victim.

Mr French said that Kelly had been affected by the death of his father from cancer last year but that he now had a stable full-time job and had saved up enough cash to get a place with his girlfriend.

Mr French said: ‘He has that stability in his life that he has been lacking before.’

Recorder Michael Selfe sentenced Kelly, of Queens Street, Portsmouth, to 16 months in a young offenders’ institution.

Mr Selfe said: ‘I pass the sentence because of the circumstances and the deliberate humiliation and degradation of the victim and the fact that it went on for some time. I have read the victim’s impact statement and it is clear this is having a continuing effect on him.’

‘I CAN’T WALK THE STREETS WITHOUT LOOKING OVER MY SHOULDER’

The victim said the incident has left him unable to go out without looking over his shoulder.

In a statement read out in court, he said: ‘Even if I go out for a cigarette I always lock the back door. If I am out in public or on public transport I keep thinking that people know Jordan Kelly and know that I have given evidence against him.

‘I can’t walk the streets without looking over my shoulder. I do not know how long it will be before I stop worrying about this. I just want my life back to how it was before the incident when I could walk the streets without fear.’