Mugged gay teenager scared to walk in the park.
An 18 year old who was mugged in Gloucester says he’s now scared to walk through the park and is forced to walk out of his way to get home. Andrew Macey was just 18 years old when he was viciously mugged in Gloucester Park just yards from his home in January of this year.
The attack has left the teenager anxious and desperate to move to another part of the city, “I grew up in a rough area of Kent and nothing like this has ever happened to me before”. the games design student told local media.
He added: “I was shocked that something like that happened to me here, and it has definitely changed the way I see the area. It has left me scared to walk outside the house on my own. I don’t walk through the park anymore I go the long way around.”
This week, Gloucester Crown Court heard how Joel Campbell, also 18, grabbed Andrew by the throat and pushed him against metal railings, bruising his back in the process. He screamed homophobic insults at a college student and robbed him of his wallet and mobile phone.
Campbell of Emerald Close, Tuffley, was found guilty and sentenced to 12 months’ detention in a young offenders’ institution.
Joel Campbell, 18, of also stole Andrew Macey’s mobile phone and wallet.
Andrew and his fiancé Mark Griffiths are now looking to relocate to another area and rebuild their confidence in the city.