Father and son's vigilante attack on wrong man
AN AMATEUR footballer and his father have been warned they face jail unless they pay £1,000 compensation to the victim of a vicious attack outside their home.
Clay Bond, who was a trainee on the books of Plymouth Argyle and also a former Bideford, Dawlish Town, and Culm United player, and his father Phillip carried out a vigilante attack on a suspected bicycle thief – but picked on the wrong man and attacked an innocent neighbour.
They left victim Darren Stott covered in bruises after one held him while the other punched him repeatedly in the face, Exeter Crown Court was told.
Clay Bond was so shocked when police showed him a photo of the injuries he said "that's horrible, I don't condone it".
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The pair have been given two months to raise £500 each in compensation after a Judge ruled it was the only way in which he could spare them an immediate jail sentence.
Clay Bond, aged 24, and Phillip Bond, aged 62, both of Sherwell Valley Road, Torquay, admitted causing actual bodily harm and sentence was adjourned by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC.
The judge said:"I want to make this clear. Realistically, the only thing saving either from immediate custody would be the payment of compensation.
"They deserve immediate custody. This was a vicious and violent attack which started with a misguided excuse which did not justify what they did at all.
"Whatever the justification for starting the attack they then beat up an innocent man for pleasure."
Miss Beth Heaton, prosecuting, said the attack took place outside their home when they thought a bicycle had been stolen.
They set on a neighbour even though his clothing bore no relation to that of the thief. Phillip Bond held him while his son hit him repeatedly.
David Charles, for Clay Bond, said he joined in the assault in the mistaken belief that he was attacking a thief but now accepts his behaviour was wrong.
He said he accepted responsibility at an early stage after seeing photographs of the victim's injuries at the police station.
Mr Rupert Taylor, said Phillip Bond hoped to be able to raise the money to pay the compensation within two months.
Clay Bond, was a trainee on the books of Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United and has played for Bideford, Dawlish Town, Stoke Gabriel, Culm United and a Sunday league side in Torquay called the Haywain Hoops.