Gulf War vet admits attacking teenager

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A TRAUMATISED Gulf War veteran who attacked a teenage boy has been warned he might be jailed.

Dorian Forray, 42, of Tower Road West, St Leonards, admitted assault when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Forray spent four months in Iraq with the US Army and has suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) ever since, the court heard.

Andrew Holt, prosecuting, said Forray flipped out after an argument with the boy, grabbing him round the throat, punching him twice in the face and once on the back of the head. The victim - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was left with cuts to his lip and under his right eye, and scratches on his neck.

John Kelly, defending, said: “He accepts his behaviour was completely wrong. He just lost it. His army experience was with the Airborne Division, which I understand is the equivalent of the Parachute Regiment here - very highly trained for a very tough environment. He joined aged 17 and ended up fighting in the Gulf War. He only lasted about four months but in that period he witnessed a lot of horrific sights. He has been suffering from PTSD and every morning he still gets flashbacks - it has clearly had an impact on the rest of his life.”

His struggle with mental illness had been compounded after he suffered a serious assault in 1995, Mr Kelly added. Since leaving the army Forray has worked in the music industry first for Capital Records and Polygram and more recently as an independent producer, but the work has been “frustration”, the court heard. The case was adjourned until March 1 so that full psychiatric reports could be carried out, but chairman of the bench Chris Large said: “There is a very real option that the bench may well consider sending you to prison. This was a very unpleasant event and it is taken very, very seriously by the court.”