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Dad faces jail for spanner attack on teen

The Central Criminal Court, London
The Central Criminal Court, London

by Keith Hunt

A father is facing sentence for beating a teenage schoolboy with a spanner in revenge for an attack on his son.

Milo Wilson, of Frittenden Close, Ashford, denied assault causing actual bodily harm but was convicted by a jury.

Maidstone Crown Court heard the 39-year-old dad lashed out after his son singled out Grant Ray, 15, as one of two boys who had attacked him.

Wilson pulled the youth to the ground and encouraged his son to kick and stamp on him.

Prosecutor Donna East said Wilson struck the boy with a large adjustable spanner.

"It rendered him unconscious and caused him to have a fit at the scene," she said.

Wilson was at home on October 15, 2007, when their son came home in distress with blood pouring from his ear.

He decided to take him to hospital and as they drove through the Stanhope Estate the boy said he saw one of his attackers.

They got out of the car and approached the teenager from behind.

"Milo Wilson grabbed his shoulder, pulled him backwards and turned him around," said Mrs East.

"He asked his son whether he was the boy and he confirmed that it was. At this stage the defendant forced Grant Ray down to the ground and then held him while his son punched and kicked him.

"He lost consciousness but recalls being hit on the head with the spanner he saw the defendant carrying."

Wilson accepted being present but claimed the fight was between his son and Grant Ray.

He denied having a spanner or encouraging his son to commit assault.

Sentence was adjourned for reports until March 7.

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