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Daily can name thug who stamped on boy’s head, judges rule

Calen GlazeA regional daily has successfully challenged a court order protecting a teenage thug who stamped repeatedly on a child’s head.

Gloucester-based daily The Citizen and its companion website Gloucestershire Live have now named 17-year-old Calen Gaze, left, after the Court of Appeal ruled it was in the public interest to reveal his identity.

The Citizen made the appeal afterthe court sentenced Gaze to four years detention for causing grievous bodily harm with intent on a 13-year-old boy.

It followed an appeal by his victims’s family against the original punishment of community service and a youth rehabilitation order, on the grounds that it was too lenient.

Lord Justice Fulford, presiding over the appeal hearing, said the attack had resulted in “terrible injuries that will have a fundamental change” on the victim’s life.

The victim, now 15, had at least 10 bones broken in his skull and needed surgery to put in place a titanium mesh in his eye socket as well as a titanium plate.

He can never play contact sports again because of the surgery for fear of severing an optic nerve.

The Citizen had applied for the anonymity order to be lifted on the grounds that naming Gaze would act as a deterrent to others.

Editor Jenny Eastwood told HTFP: “The law on child anonymity is there for a reason and we do not ask to lift restrictions lightly and only in cases we feel truly warrant it such as this one.

“This young victim and his family have been through such an ordeal since his attack and yet the person who assaulted him was not only given a light sentence but he was also able to hide behind the law when it comes to his identification.

“Thanks to our challenge, this is no longer the case and we hope the tougher sentence will bring the victim’s family some comfort after their battle for justice.”


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  • February 14, 2017 at 8:48 am

    The law on child anonymity needs reviewing then –
    When you are 16 you are allowed to:
    Get married or register a civil partnership with consent
    Drive a moped or invalid carriage
    You can consent to sexual activity with others aged 16 and over
    Drink wine/beer with a meal if accompanied by someone over 18
    Get a National Insurance number
    Join a trade union
    Work full-time if you have left school
    Be paid national minimum wage for 16/17 year olds
    Join the Armed Forces with parental consent
    Change name by deed poll
    Leave home with or without parental consent
    In certain circumstances you must pay for prescriptions, dental treatment and eye tests
    Choose a GP
    Consent to medical treatment
    Buy premium bonds
    Pilot a glider
    Buy a lottery ticket
    Register as a blood donor, but you won’t be called to give blood until you’re 17
    Apply for a passport without parental consent

    But, if you are under 18 you can, in most cases, commit a serious crime and remain anonymous!

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  • February 14, 2017 at 11:18 am

    well done the Citizen. The thug deserves every line of shame. But it is time the law was changed. Thugs are getting younger anyway, anyone noticed?

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