Yet but young in deed.
born on 27th of October 1961 at the family home in Downend, Bristol.
The youngest of three children, I was the
only boy. Apparantly immediately
following the birth, the doctor and
midwife celebrated by lighting-up and
smoking a cigarette. How things have
changed. Was it latent memories of
cigarette smoke connected with reassuring
post birth-trauma breast-feeding, that
meant in later life I would become a
Did some kid stuff as I grew up.
I got older and shit
happened ! It kept on happening. It's
probably still happening . . . it's just
that I've stopped happening.
I got beaten
up . It hurt. It hurt in ways
that I can't tell you.
Dropped out of sixth form college and got
a dead-end job as a furniture salesman in
Always felt alone in a crowd.
in my fathers footsteps and went to work
for the Post
for almost twenty years of my life, a
minimum of the last ten of which were
years of pure hell. Had my best friend my
dog Sheba put down. Experimented with
drugs. Got burgled . Did some silly
Learned to cry. Fell in love. Had my
heart broken. Had my broken heart broken
some more just to make sure.
Ended up with a thick doctors file of medical
Dissolved in depression.
'Lost' my job, my self confidence and the
last vestiges of my self esteem.
A revelation in September
2000!! Discovered details of Avoidant
Personality Disorder on the internet, and
identified most strongly with the
In November 2001 my
was diagnosed as having a
terminal glioblastoma (brain) tumour. He
died on February 9th, 2003.
In September 2003 I was diagnosed as
having developed an inguinal
In 2005 I started to endure continual
abuse and intimidation from anti social
youths in my
neighbourhood (Speedwell, Bristol). On November 9th 2005 I was
attacked and assaulted in my own home, by
Lee Boyce the father of one of the
youths, who made the FALSE allegation
that I was a paedophile and indicated he
would make it impossible for me to live
there for much longer!!!
The abuse and harassment continued.
On March 30th 2006 I attended Bristol
Magistrates Court as a witness in the
case of R-v-Lee Boyce, for the Offence of
Common Assault (against me, on 09/11/05).
(Lee Boyce was found guilty and ordered
to pay £100 compensation, £350 costs,
and was given a conditional discharge for
He got off very lightly - I, thanks to
him, was not so fortunate.
The unstopable abuse, harassment and
various incidents continued until finally
on the evening of October 6th 2006, I
could suffer no more and fled my home
under police escort!
I was forced to sell my house, for
perhaps up to £20,000 less than its
potential value at the time, and but for
the assistance of my mother, would have
become homeless while I searched for
somewhere to make a new home.