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Mel B's former husband `hit boy'.

THE ex-husband of Spice Girl Mel B ``roared'' with anger as he lashed out and hit an autis-tic boy, a court heard yesterday.

The boy was left sobbing and screaming after Jimmy Gulzar, 35, attacked him in a fury, Horseferry Road Magis-trates' Court in London heard. Dutch-born dancer Gulzar denies common assault on t he youngster in a play area at London Zoo on September 1, 2001. The attack is alleged to have happened after the three-year-old boy shoved a two-year-old girl who was part of the group Gulzar was with Prosecutor Nick Mather said: ``Gulzar went over to the child and hit him hard on his backside, causing him to cry.'' The boy's mother told the court her son had pushed the young girl and s he fell backwards about five or six feet. She said: ``Then a man came over blurting out something very aggressive and lifted his hand and hit him very hard on his left cheek buttock.''

She said: ``It was quite hard, my son screamed and screamed and screamed for a long time. ``I said I was sorry and that he was autistic and he didn't mean it and then the man started shouting, blurting out, roaring really so I picked up my son and t ook him away as quickly as I could.'' The youngster's mother said she was then approachedby a man with a camera. The man, Piers Barclay,took a photograph of the mark on t he boy's bottom and then passed her a mobile phone on the other end of w hich was a reporter from the News of the World. The mother admitted she was later paid pounds 1,000 for her story by the newspaper.

The trial continues.
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