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Man beaten by thugs outside Exeter club feels 'let down' by justice system

By TomBevan  |  Posted: April 02, 2013

  • Gary Walden posted the picture of his wounds on Facebook

  • Gary Walden posted the picture of his wounds on Facebook

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A MAN who was beaten “black and blue” by thugs on a night out in Exeter said he feels let down by the justice system after being told no charges would be brought.

Gary Walden said he had been out for a meal with some friends and then for a drink at the Timepiece bar when he was knocked to the ground and kicked and punched repeatedly by a group of five men he later discovered were students at Exeter University.

He required two days of hospital treatment for injuries that included a fractured cheekbone and cuts and bruises across his face.

He claimed he identified the offenders to police at the scene and they were arrested following the incident in November last year.

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But Gary, who lives in Broadclyst, said he has now been told by police that the Crown Prosecution Service have decided there is not enough evidence to prosecute.

He said: “The police asked me if I could identify who threw what punch and what kick. But it all happened so quickly and I had both eyes shut and was bleeding heavily from the nose. I was trying to cover my face.

“I have just gone into a shell since it happened and am deeply disappointed the justice system does not work. It seems that if you are in a large group and all go out and beat on one person then you can get away with it.

“I really don’t understand and cannot get my head around it.”

Recalling the incident Mr Walden said: “There were some lads dressed in tuxedos and one of them decided to urinate in front of my girlfriend. They were really abusive to her and shoved my girlfriend to the floor. As I went to help my girlfriend from the floor I was punched in the head three or four times.

“I was on the floor and kept getting booted in the face. Both my eyes were shut and I had blood streaming from my face. I had a fracture cheekbone to cheekbone and spent several minutes with them all stood around me with lots of legs kicking me.

“It was horrific. I could not do anything.”

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  • frostosmax  |  April 09 2013, 4:56PM

    I worked in Exeter for a number of years doing doors and store security and therefore have seen a lot of the problems Exeter has with drunks, druggies, and the general criminal "scum". I have found that the police actually out on the beat or attending to incidents were actually for the most part just as frustrated at the lack of prosecutions as I and other like myself were. I agree Uni students seemed to be "let off" often. Also "Youth" Offenders which seemed not only to include those under the age of 18, but also those up to the age of about 25 if they were repeat offenders when younger, as they were "troubled" and needed to be dealt with by "fluffy" people who want to be their friend rather than actually give them a punishment. In my experience the only way these sort get their punishment is if they get a good hiding. It's commonly said that violence solves nothing, or only leads to more violence. That is unfortunately a load of rubbish. Violence is more like a surgical scalpel. When used by the correct person/people, in an appropriate way, it solves a lot of problems. When used by the wrong people in a reckless manner (like a certain 5 students) it creates harm, damage, and a mess. I hope someone ID's these scum and that they get get whats coming to them. Chances are they'll think twice before doing it again afterwards.

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  • Albert12  |  April 08 2013, 8:44PM

    So the victim says he feels let down by the justice system- nothing new here then. For what it's worth, the 'justice system' in Exeter has, for many years, generally been comprised of a bunch of wet pc liberals who, posing as police and CPS authorities, will do their utmost to avoid processing crime in order to massage the crime statistics. As for cases that actually make court, notice the inevitable spiel that such incidents are extremely rare in Exeter and it is one of the safest places to live etc. (as in aren't we doing a wonderful job?) Even the mayor agreed, and he had just been hit over the head with a bottle by a passer- by while out with police on a fact finding mission. Says it all really. Perhaps everyone who has reported crime and been fobbed off with weasel excuses over the past decade or so should log onto the forums of this newspaper - if there's room.

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  • Albert12  |  April 08 2013, 8:29PM

    The victim says he feels let down by the justice system- nothing new here then. For what it's worth, the 'justice system' in Exeter has, for many years, generally been comprised of a bunch of wet pc liberals who, posing as police and CPS authorities, will do their utmost to avoid processing crime in order to massage the crime statistics. As for cases that actually make court, notice the inevitable spiel that such incidents are extremely rare in Exeter and it is one of the safest places to live etc. (as in aren't we doing a wonderful job?) Even the mayor agreed, and he had just been hit over the head with a bottle by a passer- by while out with police on a fact finding mission. Speaks for itself really.

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  • Busterkez01  |  April 05 2013, 9:31AM

    Why do you think violence is the answer in all of this devonisgreen? We don't want anyone to go after these lads and beat them up, we wanted justice the proper way but the system failed us like so many others. The university have contacted us and seem to want to help us with this and we appreciate that. Please don't encourage people to go round beating each other, two wrongs don't make a right.

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  • Devonisgreen  |  April 05 2013, 12:39AM

    My point was in questioning the mentality of somebody who thinks it's funny to deliberately "fro" or drop glasses, that said i think the pasting he took from the tuxedo taliban was out of order. If the police refuse to act i hope Gary and his pals can find the cowards and give them some of their own medicine.

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  • greasyian  |  April 04 2013, 10:33PM

    cover up university and the hooray henrys get away with it,exeter university needs to take a good look at itself,these students get away with allsorts simply because mummy and daddy have got money !!

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  • James130  |  April 04 2013, 9:59PM

    Devonisgreen You think someone who drops a glass one night deserves months later to get his head beaten in the curb for stopping someone from beating up his girlfriend!!??? What is wrong with you?

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  • Devonisgreen  |  April 04 2013, 6:29PM

    Busterkez01, there seems to be a lot of "typing errors" on your posts, maybe Gary has "DROPPED" a couple of glasses on your head ? anybody who thinks it's funny to "DROP" a glass deserves a good slap, move on.

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  • Busterkez01  |  April 04 2013, 6:03PM

    That was actually a typing error devinisgreen, it was meant to say drop. Anyone who thinks violence is a good way to sort anything is a complete idiot and saying he deserves a slap shows you have such tendencies! He did not throw the glass it was dropped, whatever happened with Gary at the club had no relevance to this incident. Keep to the issue here or do you think it is right that a women got attacked as well? Of course you do cos Gary DROPPED a couple of glasses in a club, maybe our whole family should pay for that in your eyes. I suggest you stop inciting violence (deserves a good slap) and worry about your own past.

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  • Busterkez01  |  April 04 2013, 6:03PM

    That was actually a typing error devinisgreen, it was meant to say drop. Anyone who thinks violence is a good way to sort anything is a complete idiot and saying he deserves a slap shows you have such tendencies! He did not throw the glass it was dropped, whatever happened with Gary at the club had no relevance to this incident. Keep to the issue here or do you think it is right that a women got attacked as well? Of course you do cos Gary DROPPED a couple of glasses in a club, maybe our whole family should pay for that in your eyes. I suggest you stop inciting violence (deserves a good slap) and worry about your own past.

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