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Duo who attacked epileptic teenager set for jail terms

PUBLISHED: 12:14 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:56 25 August 2010

Pic shows Jordan Barclay, at Crown Court.

Trial of Ryan Gouldthorpe and other for repeatedly pistol-whipping an epileptic teenager in a random street attack, leaving him potentially brain damaged.

Convicted, and faces a lengthy sentence. 10.5.10
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Pic shows Jordan Barclay, at Crown Court. Trial of Ryan Gouldthorpe and other for repeatedly pistol-whipping an epileptic teenager in a random street attack, leaving him potentially brain damaged. Convicted, and faces a lengthy sentence. 10.5.10 see story central news

TWO thugs are behind bars after being found guilty of an unprovoked street attack on an epileptic teenager which left him convulsing on the pavement.

TWO thugs are behind bars after being found guilty of an unprovoked street attack on an epileptic teenager which left him convulsing on the pavement.

Michael Lafane, 18, was chatting and laughing with friends when a gang of strangers including Jordan Barclay and Ryan Gouldthorp, both also 18, surrounded and battered him to the ground.

Mr Lafane was initially able to stand as the trio walked away, then collapsed fitting on the pavement in High Street, Crayford, on July 12 last year. He was in intensive care for four days and his epilepsy has since worsened.

Last Thursday, Judge David Martineau found Barclay, of Lincoln Close, Erith, guilty of grievous body harm (GBH) with intent, affray and possession of a firearm or imitation firearm in a public place. He found Gouldthorpe, of Reed Court, Greenhithe, guilty of GBH and affray and remanded the pair in custody ahead of sentencing on June 7.

Mr Lafane was unable to give evidence at the trial at Blackfriars Crown Court, due to amnesia caused by the incident.

But, his 17-year-old friend, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he was with Mr Lafane and two girls on a bench outside the Peking Chef takeaway, when Gouldthorp started his attack on the youngster.

From behind a screen, he said that Mr Lafane and his friends were just "talking and laughing" when a 'kid' started shouting "what are you laughing at?" at them.

He told the court: "He started pushing Michael in the chest and Michael was trying to hold him off.

"Michael was backing off - not fighting, just pushing."

He told the court that the two others appeared, Barclay holding a BB gun.

He added: "They helped beat him up. He was in the middle and they were surrounding him.

"One of them hit him with what looked like a gun. It was plastic with metal at the bottom of the handle."

He said they eventually walked away and Michael got up, adding: "Then he just fainted to the floor and had a fit.

Barclay and Gouldthorp both denied all charges. The third youth has not been traced.

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