Dad fined £400 for losing rag with man who attacked daughter

Gazette: Dad fined £400 for losing rag with man who attacked daughter Dad fined £400 for losing rag with man who attacked daughter

A FATHER has been fined hundreds of pounds for chasing a man with a piece of wood after learning he had attacked his teenage daughter.

Stephen Hale, 48, of Langley Close, Dovercourt, admitted possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, when he appeared before Colchester magistrates.

The court heard he approached Michael Richmond in Dovercourt High Street at around 9pm, shouting: “I know it was you”.

Mr Richmond, the exboyfriend of his daughter Tara and the father of her 10- month-old son, ran away. Hale chased him, but did not catch him. He had just been told Mr Richmond had broken into Tara’s flat, trashed her things and assaulted her.

During the break-in, he destroyed the baby’s cot, highchair and toys.

When Tara, 18, returned home to find him, he assaulted her and stole her purse.

Mr Richmond was sentenced to eight weeks in prison for the offence, which he carried out while on licence for a previous conviction.

James O’Toole, mitigating, said: “When Mr Hale heard this, he was extremely concerned and upset, as any loving father would be.

“He had no chance of catching up with him – the male was much younger and faster than him. He accepts there is no excuse for his actions.”

Hale, who has no previous convictions, made full admissions during his interview with the police.

The mechanic said he had the piece of wood in his car to prop up vehicles he was working on.

He said he only took it out of the car for protection, as he had been told Mr Richmond was carrying a knife.

Chairman of the bench, Martin Stuchfield, said: “It clearly isn’t acceptable for members of the public to take the law into their own hands.”

Hale was fined £400 and ordered to pay an extra £135 in costs and victims surcharge.

Following the trial, Mr Hale and his wife Emma spoke of their anger he had been given such a large fine, compared to Mr Richmond’s short prison sentence.

He said: “When is justice justice?

“I know what I did was wrong, but I didn’t hurt anyone.

It was very spur of the moment. I think it is a bit harsh.”

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8:15am Mon 23 Dec 13

No! I am Spartacus says...

One of those stories where you know that it may have been against the law, you know the dad was probably lucky he didn't crack the tool ex-boyfriend round the head, but you also know that you would have probably felt the same way.

It might not be right for the public to take justice into their own hands but, whilst paltry fines/punishments are meted out by the justice system, being your own judge and jury can feel a better option in the heat of the moment.
One of those stories where you know that it may have been against the law, you know the dad was probably lucky he didn't crack the tool ex-boyfriend round the head, but you also know that you would have probably felt the same way. It might not be right for the public to take justice into their own hands but, whilst paltry fines/punishments are meted out by the justice system, being your own judge and jury can feel a better option in the heat of the moment. No! I am Spartacus
  • Score: 34

9:57am Mon 23 Dec 13

Catchedicam says...

If it was my daughter, I would have done the same, except I would have used the lump of wood!
If it was my daughter, I would have done the same, except I would have used the lump of wood! Catchedicam
  • Score: 20

10:11am Mon 23 Dec 13

creditcrunch2010 says...

Good on the man for standing up to the lowlife for trashing the flat, assaulting his girl and destroying his own sons cot. He deserved a good hiding. I do not blame the Dad for chasing him with a piece of wood. As stated he had no chance of catching him and likewise no chance of getting away. If the lowlife had a knife (which was not known) the piece of wood may have been the only thing to protect himself and keep the boy at arms length. Sad thing is the girl will probably end up a single mum and her baby will not have a father role model. Sad sign of stupid immature actions of another lowlife. Punishing the Dad is not the answer, the daughter and son are the ones that have been punished for the rest of their lives.
Good on the man for standing up to the lowlife for trashing the flat, assaulting his girl and destroying his own sons cot. He deserved a good hiding. I do not blame the Dad for chasing him with a piece of wood. As stated he had no chance of catching him and likewise no chance of getting away. If the lowlife had a knife (which was not known) the piece of wood may have been the only thing to protect himself and keep the boy at arms length. Sad thing is the girl will probably end up a single mum and her baby will not have a father role model. Sad sign of stupid immature actions of another lowlife. Punishing the Dad is not the answer, the daughter and son are the ones that have been punished for the rest of their lives. creditcrunch2010
  • Score: 22

10:33am Mon 23 Dec 13

Route88 says...

The criminal justice come down hard on people who 'take the law into their own hands' but if soft and meaningless sentences continue to be dished out, this is likely to happen more and more.
The criminal justice come down hard on people who 'take the law into their own hands' but if soft and meaningless sentences continue to be dished out, this is likely to happen more and more. Route88
  • Score: 20

10:41am Mon 23 Dec 13

Lucie2013 says...

creditcrunch2010 wrote:
Good on the man for standing up to the lowlife for trashing the flat, assaulting his girl and destroying his own sons cot. He deserved a good hiding. I do not blame the Dad for chasing him with a piece of wood. As stated he had no chance of catching him and likewise no chance of getting away. If the lowlife had a knife (which was not known) the piece of wood may have been the only thing to protect himself and keep the boy at arms length. Sad thing is the girl will probably end up a single mum and her baby will not have a father role model. Sad sign of stupid immature actions of another lowlife. Punishing the Dad is not the answer, the daughter and son are the ones that have been punished for the rest of their lives.
Agree with you completely but with a "father role model" like that then the kid is probably better off without him as is the young mother.
[quote][p][bold]creditcrunch2010[/bold] wrote: Good on the man for standing up to the lowlife for trashing the flat, assaulting his girl and destroying his own sons cot. He deserved a good hiding. I do not blame the Dad for chasing him with a piece of wood. As stated he had no chance of catching him and likewise no chance of getting away. If the lowlife had a knife (which was not known) the piece of wood may have been the only thing to protect himself and keep the boy at arms length. Sad thing is the girl will probably end up a single mum and her baby will not have a father role model. Sad sign of stupid immature actions of another lowlife. Punishing the Dad is not the answer, the daughter and son are the ones that have been punished for the rest of their lives.[/p][/quote]Agree with you completely but with a "father role model" like that then the kid is probably better off without him as is the young mother. Lucie2013
  • Score: 14

10:46am Mon 23 Dec 13

creditcrunch2010 says...

Lucie2013 wrote:
creditcrunch2010 wrote:
Good on the man for standing up to the lowlife for trashing the flat, assaulting his girl and destroying his own sons cot. He deserved a good hiding. I do not blame the Dad for chasing him with a piece of wood. As stated he had no chance of catching him and likewise no chance of getting away. If the lowlife had a knife (which was not known) the piece of wood may have been the only thing to protect himself and keep the boy at arms length. Sad thing is the girl will probably end up a single mum and her baby will not have a father role model. Sad sign of stupid immature actions of another lowlife. Punishing the Dad is not the answer, the daughter and son are the ones that have been punished for the rest of their lives.
Agree with you completely but with a "father role model" like that then the kid is probably better off without him as is the young mother.
Agree totally, my comment was meant to highlight that another broken family without a father role model. The lowlife doesn't not deserve any children or a girlfriend!
[quote][p][bold]Lucie2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]creditcrunch2010[/bold] wrote: Good on the man for standing up to the lowlife for trashing the flat, assaulting his girl and destroying his own sons cot. He deserved a good hiding. I do not blame the Dad for chasing him with a piece of wood. As stated he had no chance of catching him and likewise no chance of getting away. If the lowlife had a knife (which was not known) the piece of wood may have been the only thing to protect himself and keep the boy at arms length. Sad thing is the girl will probably end up a single mum and her baby will not have a father role model. Sad sign of stupid immature actions of another lowlife. Punishing the Dad is not the answer, the daughter and son are the ones that have been punished for the rest of their lives.[/p][/quote]Agree with you completely but with a "father role model" like that then the kid is probably better off without him as is the young mother.[/p][/quote]Agree totally, my comment was meant to highlight that another broken family without a father role model. The lowlife doesn't not deserve any children or a girlfriend! creditcrunch2010
  • Score: 12

1:58pm Tue 24 Dec 13

crazy comments says...

Catchedicam wrote:
If it was my daughter, I would have done the same, except I would have used the lump of wood!
The same here.
[quote][p][bold]Catchedicam[/bold] wrote: If it was my daughter, I would have done the same, except I would have used the lump of wood![/p][/quote]The same here. crazy comments
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