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PostSubject: Again?   Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:08 am

A man had his ear sliced off during a terrifying rampage of violence when three thugs targeted a group of goths camping in a Rothwell park.

Self-styled 'chavs' Andrew Hall, 22, Ryan Woodhead, 18, and Quinn Colley, 18, were yesterday handed indeterminate jail sentences after a court sickening details of their 'evil' and 'calculated' attack.

Paul Gibb, 26, suffered horrific head injuries and was
left in a coma after being kicked, punched and stamped on before his ear was hacked off.

Two teenagers who were also part of the goth group also suffered serious injuries.

Leeds Crown Court heard how Hall, Woodhead and Colley, described themselves as 'chavs' and the peaceful group of teenage goths as targets for violence and robbery.

Richard Wright, prosecuting, told the court how they deliberately singled out Gibb as they wanted to 'eliminate' the biggest member of the group.

They then turned their violence towards his friends to rob them of their money, mobile phones and ipods.

The court heard how the goths camped out on August 27, 2008, to celebrate a girl's 15th birthday.

Hall drove his motorbike at the group when they initially arrived to camp.

All three threatened and hurled abuse at the group, calling them 'dirty
moshers'.

But they left and returned in the night and pretended to befriend the group.

After they gained their confidence, they offered to give Mr Gibb a ride on back of Hall's motorbike to a nearby shop.

Once they got him away from the group, he was beaten and kicked unconscious.

They then returned and attacked two other male members of the group and two teenage girls at knifepoint.

All three pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery. Colley and Woodhead also pleaded guilty to to causing
grevious bodily harm with intent.

Hall admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

Alison Munday, for Hall, said: "He had drunk a large amount of alcohol and formed an agreement to commit an offence that because completely out of proportion to the one envisaged."

Judge James Spencer said: "It is difficult to describe the extent of the evil involved.

"You three had seen this group of youngsters arrive and you three took against them.

"You decided that you would victimise them and you would systematically rob them.

"You were going to be acting all the time as a group – as a bunch of bully boys who showed no shame and no mercy."

Passing sentence he said all three should be jailed indefinitely and would only be released when the parole board was satisfied they no
longer present a danger to the public.

Colley, of Wordsworth Drive, Rothwell, and Woodhead, of Seventh Avenue, Rothwell, were told they must serve a minimum of 2 years and 210 days.

Hall, of Sixth Avenue, Rothwell, was told he must serve a minimum of four-and-a-half years.

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PostSubject: Re: Again?   Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:55 am

F***ing why?! Why do this at all? Mad Mad Mad The drunk excuse is such bull!

Too bad about the slap-on-the-wrist jail time. I got a little hopeful at first when I read "jailed indefinitely." Not that I don't believe people can change, but a conscious decision to beat and mutilate someone else... I don't see how people like that could ever see the error in their ways.
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PostSubject: Re: Again?   Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:09 pm

I agree with you completley.
I guess I can't understand the appeal of beating someone senseless and maybe damaging them forever just because they look diffrent than you do.
I've noticed this more and more in the last few years and it disturbs me.
I understand the idea of xenophobia,but I know at it's worst it can lead to things like "ethnic cleansing".
I always thought that as we neared the 21 st century things like this would become something we only read about in history books,I'm sorry to say I was wrong in my way of thinking.

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PostSubject: Re: Again?   Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:18 pm

sosad hat EERRRR!!!! I'm outraged and furious to think this happened!

"All three threatened and hurled abuse at the group, calling them 'dirty moshers'.

But they left and returned in the night and pretended to befriend the group.
After they gained their confidence, they offered to give Mr Gibb a ride on back of Hall's motorbike to a nearby shop.


HELL NO!

Why in the world would you trust such crap sh*t after that! frustated
Was it that they felt they had no choice for some reason?

Alison Munday, for Hall, said: "He had drunk a large amount of alcohol and formed an agreement to commit an offence that because completely out of proportion to the one envisaged."

That is BS as RedAngel said of Hall's representative bringing up his having been drunk off his a$$. Doesn't excuse any of it, if that's where Munday is headed with that.

I'm just left with thinking.... How do you get on the parole board?

Something really needs to be done about this "chav" stuff. Even though Goths seem to be receiving the worst attacks, they aren't the only ones from the news articles I've read lately.

hug I hope Paul and all his friends will be ok. hug

... and all the other Goths there.
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PostSubject: Re: Again?   Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:56 pm

were wolf

One of these days, the chavs that think they can go around and beat up goths will encounter someone like me, who is not peaceful and will go on a murderous rampage if attacked. They can not bank on goths being a peaceful group for too long.

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PostSubject: Re: Again?   Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:56 pm

Rothwell park attack Goth victim INTERVIEW


Student Paul Gibbs who lost an ear in a violent park attack in Rothwell has told how he is trying to rebuild his life.
The 26-year-old goth was left in a coma by thugs who punched and kicked him before cutting off his left ear. It was not found until 17 hours later and surgeons have stitched it inside his stomach. But it is unlikely
Mr Gibbs was also left with severe brain injuries after being repeatedly smashed across the head with a motorcycle helmet.

The student had to learn to walk again after the surgery. It is still unclear whether the brain injuries will affect him for the rest of his life.

Quinn Colley, 18, Ryan Woodhead, 18, and Andrew Hall, 22, were locked up indefinitely for their "evil and calculated" attack.

Despite the efforts to recover his ear, doctors believe it is unlikely that an operation to reattach it will work.

He is under the care of specialists in Liverpool who plan to reconstruct an ear using cartilage from his ribs.

Speaking to Rothwell Today he said: "It's just a question of waiting for the operation. It is going to hurt but I want it done.

"Since the attack I have suffered mood swings since it happened. I have suffered from depression and feel more short tempered. Sometimes when I am talking I feel much more temperamental and get more wound up.

"But I'm strong minded and feel like I am making good progress."

"The doctors said I should have been in hospital for three months - until last November - but I worked hard at getting myself better and was out by September. I'm determined to keep going and am taking each day as it comes at the moment."

Mr Gibbs said despite the hefty jail terms handed to his attackers, he was also left feeling guilty over the incident after his friends were also attacked: "I feel like it was my fault for dropping my defences and going with them to try and protect my other friends from them.

"I got on the back of the motorbike with them and they were able to get me alone and attack me. I might have suffered the most damage, but then they were able to go back and a lot more people got attacked.

"I know it sounds stupid but in some ways I do feel guilty.

The attack happened in Rothwell Country Park last August as Mr Gibbs and a large group of his goth friends camped out overnight to celebrate one of their birthdays.

Colley, of Wordsworth Drive, Woodhead, of Seventh Avenue, and Hall, of Sixth Avenue, all Rothwell, referred to themselves as 'chavs'.
Before the attack, Woodhead announced to his friends: "I'm a chav and I'm going to get some moshers."

They hurled abuse at the group before then pretending to befriend them.

They were able to isolate Mr Gibbs by offering him a ride on their motorbike.

All three then went back to the group and assaulted and robbed younger members.

Recalling the events of the night, Mr Gibbs said: "I remember walking into the field and them driving past and shout "dirty moshers and goths" at us.

"They came back to the camp later and we gave them the benefit of the doubt. Things seemed fine as we had a couple of drinks with them and a barbecue. They offered me a lift to the shops. All I remember is falling off the back off the bike. The next thing I knew I was waking up in hospital."

Mr Gibbs said he had been involved in the Leeds goth scene since his early teens when he started hanging around with groups outside the Corn Exchange in Leeds.

Although he believes he was targeted by the group for being a goth, such attacks from rival gangs were rare.

"We do get fed up of being called names just because of the way we look.

"I'm sure chavs get fed up of being given that name as well. In the past I haven't seen much trouble and they will often come up and have a laugh with us when we see them in town.

"Just because we all dress different and listen to different music and act differently we are still all human beings at the end of the day."

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