The Harold Hill community has come together to back an urgent appeal to bring to justice the brutal thugs who left a man paralysed twenty years ago.
Dave Curtis an admin from the Harold Hill Unleashed group has launched the Justice for Dean campaign to appeal to people in the community to help identify these thugs.
Dean Everett suffered a broken neck that left him wheelchair bound for the rest of his life in 2000, now twenty years on the community has come together to help Dean finally have some justice.
Dean spoke exclusively to the Havering Daily about the night that changed his and his family’s life forever.
“It was the 29th of September, I was 20 years old and I had just finished working. I was walking home just after 11pm from the community centre to my house along Amersham Road. As I approached my home, I saw a gang of youths all aged between 16/17 years old on the other side of the road. I walked passed them and one of them shouted ‘Oi’ at me. I turned around and they all came up and surrounded me.
“I knew a couple of them as they had just recently moved into the area and one lived along my road. One of them then hit me in the side and I fell down. The next thing I knew they were all kicking and jumping on me. When they left I tried to get up but I couldn’t, so I knew something was seriously wrong. I wanted to call my mum but I couldn’t move my arms very well.
“A passerby then came and asked me if I was okay and I asked him to please call the ambulance. I remember my legs being very tingly and my head bleeding a lot. I was taken to King George’s hospital where they told me that I had broken my neck and that they were going to airlift me to Stanmore Hospital.”
That was the night that changed 20 year old Dean’s life forever. The police were called but due to lack of evidence no further action could be taken.
Dean continued: “Unfortunately due to lack of evidence nothing could be done. Some of the people who did this lived along my road so we knew them.”
After that horrific night Dean could not face ever returning to his home in Harold Hill.
“I didn’t not want to ever go back to that house.” Now Dean does not live in Harold Hill anymore.
Twenty years later a new appeal and campaign has been launched backed by the community to help bring the culprits to justice.
“If anyone in the area knows anything, please speak up. I suffered a broken neck that left me with plates in my neck and damaged nerves that meant I could never walk again.”
Dean and his family’s life had to change from that moment onwards. He had to give up his job and now can not work.
“I am angry, these people have changed my life completely and they are still out there carrying on with their lives as normal.”
Dave Curtis, who started the campaign to help Dean get some justice told the Havering Daily: “They need to be bought to justice. It’s absolutely disgusting what has happened to Dean. He needs justice and the community needs to help him.”
If you have any information on this crime please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.