Affray case adjourned for anger assessment

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A teenager whose thuggish behaviour sparked the violence that led to 21-year-old Billy Dove being stabbed to death in Hemel Hempstead last November will be assessed to see if he is suitable for anger management treatment.

Ben Sears, 18, was due to be sentenced on Friday at St Albans Crown Court for affray.

But Judge Stephen Gullick ordered that Sears, of Belsize Road, Hemel Hempstead, should be seen by experts after hearing that the teenager struggles to control his temper.

In court, Anita Arora, defending, said Sears had issues with alcohol, cocaine and anger management.

“Unless they are addressed, this young man will come before the courts again,” she said.

His appearance last week should have been the final chapter in sentencing that has taken place this summer of the young men who were behind violence that broke out in the town centre.

Now Billy’s family face another day in court on Tuesday, August 21.