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Trio pistol-whipped epileptic teen in unprovoked attack'

PUBLISHED: 13:39 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:53 25 August 2010

THREE thugs left an epileptic teenager convulsing on the pavement after pistol whipping him repeatedly on the head in an unprovoked street attack, a court heard.  Michael Lafane, 18, was chatting and laughing with friends when the gang of strangers surrou

THREE thugs left an epileptic teenager convulsing on the pavement after pistol whipping him repeatedly on the head in an unprovoked street attack, a court heard.

Michael Lafane, 18, was chatting and laughing with friends when the gang of strangers surrounded him and battered him to the ground, jurors were told.

He was initially able to stand as the trio walked away, but suddenly collapsed fitting on the pavement in High Street, Crayford, and was in intensive care for four days.

Jordan Barclay, of Lincoln Close, Erith, and Ryan Gouldthorp, of Reed Court, Greenhithe, both 18, are in the dock at Blackfriars Crown Court, while the third teenager has not been traced.

The court heard last Thursday how a witness - who cannot be identified because he is 17 years old - said Mr Lafane was allegedly attacked without provocation. He said: "A kid walked across the road. I think he was saying: 'What are you laughing at?' He started pushing Michael in the chest and Michael was trying to hold him off. He hadn't done anything to the other boy. Michael was backing off - not fighting, just pushing."

The court heard that the two others appeared, one holding an imitation gun, which the prosecution claims was Barclay.

The teenage witness added: "He was in the middle and they were surrounding him.

"One of them hit him with what looked like a gun. He hit him with the metal on his head as he was falling down.

"All of them were punching him. He raised the gun to shoulder height and hit him again. I think he hit him about five times in total."

The two defendants each deny wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on July 12 last year. Barclay further denies possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. The trial continues.

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