Monday, March 19, 2007

A strange weekend

Well, it really has been a mixed weekend.



My 15 year old son and his two friends were beaten up quite badly and robbed on Friday evening. Christian and his mates are three good, quiet kids who are into their music, girls and not even in their last year at school.



On Friday evening, three low-life scum in their twenties, set about punching Chris's mate in the face - then proceeding to kick him to the face and head while unconcious. The more sickening element to the story is that Chris's mate is a young, small, thin lad who barely looks thirteen.



Chris went in to stop the lads from killing his mate only to be turned on himself.



I've been hunting these vermin for the past few days, and in one respect I'm glad I haven't found them. Chris tells me that while the violent attack happened, people were looking out of their windows. No-one came to help. What a sad indictment on our society.



Then, last night, by way of complete contrast, Shane Lynch (formerly Boyzone) came to my Church. I was really taken back by this bloke. Outwardly, he looks like a right menance, tattooed up and down his arms and neck, shaved head - but inwardly, a really sound, humble guy. He didn't want to sit at the front. In fact, he sat at the back until his 'spot'.



Afterwards, Shane stopped around for a good half an hour, chatting to all the kids, having photo's taken, signing autographs and even chatting to a small crowd of women from the Boyzone fan club. When I say women, I don't mean girls, I really do mean, women - women in their thirties, that made me snigger a bit to be honest.



What did make me laugh was this photo of Jack and the wording on his T-Shirt. I know Boyzone split up ages ago, but this seemed to be rubbing salt into the wounds...


4 comments:

Alex Bellinger said...

Paul, really sorry to hear about Christian and his mates. What total scum. Glad you didn't catch up with them, but hope the law does. Sounds like there were quite a few eye-witnesses, even if they didn't feel able to lift a finger.

Alex Bellinger said...

Paul, really sorry to hear about Christian and his mates. What total scum. Glad you didn't catch up with them, but hope the law does. Sounds like there were quite a few eye-witnesses, even if they didn't feel able to lift a finger.

podcastpaul said...

Thanks Alex.

I just do not understand the mentality of people. It makes me feel so depressed to know that men could do this to kids - and even worse, that people will sit back and do nothing.

I aim to catch these filth, I'll do things properly by taking a civil action. Time inside seems little enough - taking their cars, homes and possessions and leaving them with a bankruptcy order or shot credit rating seems strangely satisfying.

AJP said...

Just read this terrible story Paul. It must have been realy frightening for Chris and his friends and I know the gut wrenching feeling you will have had in your stomach when your protective instincts take over and you just want to sort things out for him. So I guess it probably is just as well that you didn't find them - it might have made you feel better for 10 minutes but then wrecked your career in the process if you had got carried away.

All the best to you and your family.