Bad Omen for child film star

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - News -

The child ac­tor who played Damien in the 1970s hor­ror film The Omen was given a sus­pended prison sen­tence – on Fri­day the 13th.

Har­vey Stephens, 46, punched two cy­clists in a road-rage at­tack, leav­ing one of them un­con­scious.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of ABH and one of caus­ing crim­i­nal dam­age fol­low­ing the at­tack in Kent in Au­gust last year.

Pros­e­cu­tor Kieran Brand told Maid­stone Crown Court Stephens re­peat­edly used his horn when rid­ers Mark Richard­son and Alex Man­ley – who did not know each other – were side-by­side as one over­took the other.

Mr Richard­son re­sponded by ges­tur­ing at Stephens, who ac­cel­er­ated heav­ily be­fore over­tak­ing the pair and pulling over.

Mr Brand said Stephens punched Mr Richard­son, knock­ing him un­con­scious, which then prompted Mr Man­ley to in­ter­vene.

Stephens re­sponded by ask­ing Mr Man­ley: “You want some do you?” be­fore punch­ing him twice in the face, caus­ing him to fall.

Stephens then held him down and punched him six or seven times.

Mr Richard­son was taken to hospi­tal suf­fer­ing a bro­ken tooth root.

Stephens was given 12 months jail, sus­pended for two years, for the ABH, and two months jail, sus­pended for two years, for crim­i­nal dam­age. He must do 150 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and pay each vic­tim £1,000. In an in­ter­view 10 years ago, Stephens said he was cho­sen for a role in The Omen ahead of 500 child ac­tors. His film ca­reer was short-lived and he then worked in the City.

Har­vey Spencer Stephens

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