June 2020

Seaton Delaval bully bit vulnerable child’s neck, gouged his eyes and whipped a man with a dog chain

Violent bully Michael Pederson bit and gouged the eyes of a vulnerable teenager, whipped a man with a dog chain and attacked a social club member in three separate attacks on one night.

A 15-year-old boy with autism was among the 28-year-old trained boxer’s victims during a spate of cowardly assaults.

Pederson admitted assaulting a man with a dog chain in an apparent case of mistaken identity, punching a social club committee member after being asked to leave then subjecting the youngster to a terrifying assault in a park.

Now the 28-year-old, of Astley Road, Seaton Delaval, has been jailed for a total of 30 months at Newcastle Crown Court. Daniel Barrass was jailed earlier this year for his part in attacking the teenager.

The court heard the first attack involved a man being savagely beaten in Holywell, Northumberland, around 8.40pm on the evening of September 28 last year.

Pederson, who was with Barrass, approached the victim, who was in his car with his girlfriend, and shouted abuse.

He tried to encourage his dog to attack him and when it wouldn’t, he removed its chain and started hitting the man with it with “full force”, using an overhead motion.

Pederson then started smashing the windows of the man’s BMW with the chain, while his girlfriend was still in the passenger seat.

Neil Pallister, prosecuting, said: “The complainant said it was unprovoked , he had never met either of them before and believes it was mistaken identity.”

The victim, who suffered bruising and swelling on his arm and swelling and a cut to the back of his head, said: “I have no idea why they treated me this way, I was petrified, not only for my safety but for my girlfriend.

“I feel angry and disgusted by what happened.”

The man, who had been training for cage fighting and boxing, added: “There is no place in society for people with weapons.

“The assault could have been much worse and my injuries more severe, it was just by chance I was able to walk away from this.”

He said the damage to his car cost more than £1,000 to repair and the psychological effects have been significant and left him in “turmoil”.

Around 8.45pm, Pederson went to a social club in Seaton Delaval with Barrass, who was barred.

They were politely asked to leave and Pederson punched a committee member in the face, leaving him in pain and shocked.

Later that same evening, the 15-year-old victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was in Astley Park, Seaton Delaval, with some friends.

Pederson and Barrass approached them and told them to turn their pockets out but they didn’t.

The boy went to a takeaway but returned after finding out his friend had been grabbed and thrown into a bush.

The youngster confronted Pederson, saying “Do you think you are a big man, attacking a 14-year-old lad.”

Pederson said “I will have you then”, to which the boy replied saying he didn’t want trouble.

Mr Pallister said: “Then, without warning, the defendant right hooked him, causing a cut.

“He then grabbed him, pinned him to the ground and assaulted him further.

“The defendant put his fingers in his eyes and he felt attempts were being made to gouge his eyes.

“He was punched in the stomach, he bit him on the neck and Barrass then joined in, hitting him in the ribs and back of the head, kicking him three times to the ribs and twice in the head.”

The victim, who could not see out of one eye, staggered away while the attackers fled.

The court heard he was left with bruising to his ribs, a cut under his eye and a superficial bite mark to his neck which meant he had to have hepatitis injections, and lacerations and grazes, as well as a nasal septum deviation.

He said in a victim impact statement he had gone from being “confident and joyful” to feeling suicidal as a result of the attack.

The boy added: “I can’t believe two grown adults would assault me, this was not provoked in any way.

“Their behaviour is deplorable, they are a danger to me and my friends and I dread running into them again.

“They should not be walking the streets.

“I’m making this statement to stick up for myself and to stand up to bullies.”

Pederson went on to assault police who attended a domestic argument between him and his partner on June 21, while on bail, threatening them with a dumb bell when they asked him to leave.

He pleaded guilty assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possessing an offensive weapon and criminal damage in relation to the first victim, common assault on the social club committee member, a joint charge with Barrass of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on the 15-year-old and assaulting an emergency worker.

The court heard he has 37 previous convictions, including for outraging public decency.

John Wilkinson, defending, said: “His best mitigation, some might say his only mitigation, is the fact he pleaded guilty to all of these offences.