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Man who beat up his father freed from custody, but must continue living with his dad

Correspondent 8th Dec, 2016

A STRATFORD man who badly beat-up his father has been freed from custody by a judge – with conditions including one that he lives with his father.

Warwick Crown Court has heard that despite the severity of the beating he suffered, Christopher Gale’s father is standing by him and arranging for him to attend a private rehab centre.

The 36 year-old, of Masons Road, had pleaded guilty to assaulting his father, John Gale, causing actual bodily harm, common assault on him, causing damage, two charges of making threats to kill, and one of assaulting a police officer.

Just over two weeks earlier he had been given a three-year community sentence, with a condition of taking part in a sex offender programme, for sexual assault, common assault, and possessing indecent images of children and extreme pornography.

But after hearing Gale had already been remanded in custody for the equivalent of a nine-month sentence, and having been on remand for the equivalent of a seven-month term for the earlier matters, the judge adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

At the resumed hearing, David Everett, defending, said Gale had not been in trouble until he was 25, when he had become heavily dependent on drink.

Mr Everett said Gale’s father had organised, if the Probation Service would permit it to run in parallel with any community order, for Gale to be seen privately by a psychiatrist and by a behavioural officer, with him then going to reside with an organisation called Bethany UK.

Deferring sentence for two months, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told Gale: “I am making a deal with you. If things go well, I will make a community order, giving you some help and support which will be of benefit to you and to your father.”

She told him that in the meantime he was to live with his father and co-operate with the Probation Service in relation to his current community order and with the Recovery Partnership.

The attack on his father happened in June after an argument over his father not wanting him to go out and buy beer.

It had taken place just two weeks after Gale had been given a community order.

On that occasion it was said he had worryingly targeted schoolgirls in uniform in Stratford during separate incidents after indecent images of children had already been found on his computer.

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