Vigilantes hit youth with plank of wood in Flint

Published date: 08 April 2014 |
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TWO men who attacked others in the street in Flint using weapons were told by a crown court judge: “This is nothing other than vigilante action.”

Dean McLean, 22, and Sean Sendall, 23, were both jailed for 14 months when they appeared at Mold Crown Court.

But the case against McLean, who came into the dock from bail, and Sendall, who came from custody, had to be adjourned at one stage when they started threatening each other. Judge Niclas Parry put the case back for them to have time to calm down.

“You took your personal disputes out on to the streets with weapons,” he told them.

McLean, he said, had hit a 15-year-old boy on the head. The next day, in a planned visit, they went out armed with an axe, a large piece of wood and a knife.

The judge said it happened too often that people took knives onto the streets of North Wales.

“People have died, not because anyone intended that to happen but because they were out of control with weapons.”

The public looked to the courts to stop such behaviour, he said.

The incidents were short-lived and he accepted there was an element of provocation. Ten months had passed and there had been no repetition.

McLean, now of Nelson Street, Shotton, admitted assault on June 26 and affray and possessing a blade the following day.

Sendall, of no fixed address, admitted affray on June 27 and possessing an axe, which was not used as a weapon.

Matthew Dunford, prosecuting, saida woman was walking with her son, aged 15, in Prince of Wales Avenue when they saw the defendants ahead of them.

There had been problems between McLean and the woman’s two sons in the past and she approached the defendants and told them to leave her son alone.

McLean threw his jacket to the ground to get ready for a fight but the boy said that he would not fight with Sendall being present.

It was then that McLean punched him on the back of the head.

The boy curled up to protect himself, the mother told a friend to run for help and she grabbed Sendall and pushed him away. Both ran off.

The following day both defendants approached the woman’s home and Sendall was swinging a bin bag containing an object.

He was shouting: “You and me now. I have been waiting for this.”

Sendall pulled out a plank of wood and started waving it around.

McLean pulled out a knife with eight inch blade and started to wave it at a woman who was shocked and believed she was going to be stabbed.

McLean threatened another youth with the knife before putting it into the waistband of his trousers.

Sendall hit another youth with the plank of wood and the victim picked up a cricket bat to defend himself.

The defendants left when they heard a phone call being made to the police.

When arrested McLean said he had the knife for protection.

Sendall said he had been to a friend’s home to get a chainsaw but was given the axe to cut a tree.

The axe was found on his arrest but it had not been produced at the scene.

Andrew Green, for McLean, said it was a dangerous situation in public but one of the youths involved was due to go on trial in the crown court charged with assaulting his client.

McLean and his partner had moved away from the area to avoid trouble.

Oliver King, for Sendall, sad his client recognised people could not produce planks of wood in the street as weapons.

Sendall had previously been living on the streets of Liverpool, and had been in and out of shelters.

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