Portsmouth top hat wearing thug admits riding into man in his 70s causing serious injuries

A THUG has admitted causing a serious injury to a man in his 70s after cycling into him in Southsea.

Wednesday, 10th November 2021, 9:03 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th November 2021, 3:09 pm

The distinctive Portsmouth figure Gary Saunders, 61, of Osborne Road, Southsea, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

It comes after police appealed for witnesses after a ‘man on a bicycle collider with a man in his 70s, knocking him to the ground’.

At the time police said the suspect was ‘verbally abusive’ and cycled off.

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The victim, who was in Elm Grove, suffered fractures to his hand, wrist and arm.

It happened at around 3.20pm on March 14 this year.

At the time a police spokeswoman said: ‘The cyclist has been described as a man of large build wearing a top hat.’

Now Saunders has pleaded guilty and was bailed by Portsmouth magistrates ahead of his sentencing next week.

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He is due at Portsmouth Crown Court on November 19.

Saunders pleaded guilty at the first hearing.

He was given a suspended 41-week jail sentence earlier this year after being found guilty of a series of assaults – including spitting at a security worker in Fratton.

His latest guilty plea is for an offence that happened after those assaults.

Earlier this year he was also made subject to a five-year Asbo-style criminal behaviour order. Among other measures, it bans him from cycling on a footpath.

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