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Family confronted late at night by hockey stick-wielding hoodlums wearing tights over faces.

A FAMILY was confronted late at night by three young men wearing tights over their faces and wielding hockey sticks, a jury heard yeserday.

They had acted like ``petty hoodlums'' and had tapped the sticks in a threatening way, said Simon Medland, prosecuting at Caernarfron Crown Court.

He described what had happened as ``fairly short-lived but frightening violence.''

Members of the family at the Maes Barcer housing estate at Caernarfon had spotted the men on a CCTV system at their home.

Kevin Murphy, 18, of Cil Uchaf, Caernarfon, denies charges of affray and criminal damage to a window. The jury was told that earlier yes-terday a 17-year-old youth had pleaded guilty to affray and 22-yearold Kelly Davies of Lon Nant, Caernarfon, to assault causing actual bodily harm to a girl of 15 at the house. A teenage boy also charged with affray is to be dealt with at a youth court.

In evidence the girl said she had recognised all three men involved and that Murphy had struck her father on the head with a hockey stick outside their home.

She had been attacked on the stairs by Kelly Davies, who had banged her head against the wall, and afterwards she had fainted twice.

Asked by Sarah Phelan, defending, whether she could be mistaken about the identity of her father's attacker she replied, ``I'm sure it was Kevin.''
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Date:Oct 22, 2002
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