Thug hit dad with iron bar

A FAMILY man was smashed over the head with an iron bar in front of his terrified children and pregnant wife - for asking this lawless yob not to light fires in the street.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 13th September 2007, 9:43 am
Updated Thursday, 13th September 2007, 10:11 am

Married dad Andrew Camacho was jumped from behind by teenager Martin Neville, who was armed with a bar he had hidden in bushes.

Sheffield Crown Court heard violent Neville, aged 18, first got into trouble with the police when he was just 13.

He has now been jailed for the public’s protection after the Recorder of Sheffield Judge Alan Goldsack QC told him: “In short, you are out of control.”

The judge added: “The offence is typical of the arrogance and lawlessness you display. You are contributing to the lowering of the quality of life for people in your area.” The court was told trouble occurred on February 8 when Neville and other youths started a fire in Thornton Street, Meadowbank, Rotherham, where Mr Camacho and his family lived.

Mr Camacho’s wife asked them to put the fire out but Neville refused and became abusive. She returned to the house to call the police and Mr Camacho went out to see what was going on.

Neville handed a pal a wooden stick and ordered him to assault Mrs Camacho, then distracted Mr Camacho by telling him his children were crying. When the family man turned his back on Neville to check, he was jumped and assaulted. His head was gashed open and the wound needed to be glued back together in hospital.

The court heard Neville, of South Street, Kimberworth, Rotherham, had a string of previous convictions dating back to when he was 13. He had an ASBO, and two previous custodial sentences for assault and robbery.

Handing him an extended sentence for five years, Judge Goldsack told him: “Everything I know about you confirms you are dangerous.

“Unless a sentence is passed for the protection of the public there is a high risk you will commit further offences.”

Neville pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.