Guilty plea over attacked journalist

Gary Carter and wife Gemma
Gary Carter and wife Gemma
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A MAN has pleaded guilty to GBH following a brutal act on a freelance journalist.

Gary Carter, who is a regular at the DW Stadium covering both Latics and Warriors, was attacked in Bethnal Green in the early hours of Friday morning and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The 35-year-old, who has also worked for the Wigan Evening Post and Observer, was in the capital to report on Saturday’s rugby league test match between England and New Zealand.

James Flanagan, 35, has since pleased guilty to GBH and will be sentenced on November 24.

Wigan Warriors star Sam Tomkins and the club itself have been among hundreds to send their well wishes via Twitter, with Gary’s wife Gemma keeping people updated on his condition on the social networking website.

Tomkins tweeted her saying: “He’s a good guy who Iv always enjoyed working with. We’re all supporting him. Let me know if there’s anything i can do.”

Wigan Warriors tweeted: “Everyone at the Wigan club sends our thoughts to Gary and his family.”

While Gary, who works for the Sun, remains in a critical condition, he was yesterday described as “comfortable”.

Writing on Facebook, Gemma thanked everyone for their messages and said: “Gaz has had a ‘drama free’ day. He remains critical but comfortable. His levels have been stable.

“They did try to increase his CO2 levels this morning to test pressure in his skull however it was too soon so he was sedated again. He is still in a medically induced coma.”

A MET police spokesman said: “A 35-year-old man has pleaded guilty to GBH following an altercation which left a man in a critical condition.

“James Flanagan, 35, of Marsden Street, NW5 was arrested and charged on the same day of the attack which occurred outside Bethnal Green station in Cambridge Heath Road on Friday, November 6 shortly before 1am.

“Enquiries by detectives in Tower Hamlets established that the victim, a 36-year-old man, was punched and knocked to the floor by Flanagan. The victim struck his head on the pavement and suffered serious head injuries as a result.

“The victim remains in a critical condition in an east London hospital. His next of kin are aware.

“Flanagan appeared before Thames Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, November 7 where he pleaded guilty to GBH.

“He was bailed and will be sentenced on Tuesday, 24 November at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

“A 22-year-old man arrested in relation to this incident for affray towards attending London Ambulance Service crew was further arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit GBH on November 7. He has since been bailed for both offences to a date in late November.”