Boy, 10, with ASBO tried to be drugs baron but got slashed 27 times with machete

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A 10-year-old who was "one of the youngest people ever" to get an ASBO went on to become a teenage drugs boss.

On Wednesday (October 5) Alfie Hodgin, now 18, was locked up after being caught with over £2,000-worth of crack cocaine and heroin.

He was discovered "slumped on the floor covered in blood" after being slashed with a machete 27 times.

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The vicious attack was gangland "retribution" after Alfie nicked drugs and a graft phone from the county lines drugs ring he'd previously worked for, reports the Liverpool ECHO.

In December 2014, 10-year-old Alfie was handed a two-year ASBO at Wirral Magistrates' Court after "terrorising the community".

The order banned him from "causing harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public" and required him to leave shops and businesses when asked.

Only a month earlier his older brother John – then aged 14 – also received an ASBO. The two youths were "believed to be part of a gang involved in a series of incidents in the north end" of Birkenhead, Merseyside.

John was said to have caused a "litany of trouble" and was "accused of being part of a gang that threw missiles at vehicles and hurled abuse at vulnerable people".

The orders did not prevent them from breaking the law, with Alfie receiving his first criminal conviction aged 13.

The schoolboy's rap sheet included theft, criminal damage, assault and breaching his ASBO, and he was first jailed in 2019 for possession of a bladed article in a public place.

Alfie received further time behind bars in February 2021 having been caught with drugs, a phone and a "couple of weapons" in his prison cell. The dealer was out on licence when he became involved in peddling class A drugs.

He'd originally been put to work by an organised crime group to pay off a debt. Instead, he stole the gang's graft phone and drugs, turning it into his own operation.

Hitting back, a gang of four men attacked Alfie with machetes in Ellesmere Port on July 14 this year, leaving him with 27 stab wounds and laying in a pool of his own blood.

Alfie spent two weeks in hospital.

He was found in possession of £1,220 of heroin and £1,100 of crack cocaine at the time of his assault, as well as £1,208 and the graft phone.

Alfie admitted possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine – and was locked up for two-and-a-half years.

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John was handed two years and seven months in 2019 after a chase with a police helicopter in a stolen car following a burglary in Wallasey.

Defence counsel John Weate told the court the "older brother is presently serving a custodial sentence for matters which this defendant finds himself before the court today".

He added of Alfie: "From a very young age, probably in his infancy, he has been subjected to living in a violent and criminal environment and a complete mistrust has developed within him of adults and people who may on the face of it be looking to help him.

"Everything has been disrupted by this life experience, which thankfully the vast majority of children don't have to experience. His education was completely and utterly disrupted through bad behaviour and through other issues which existed in his life."


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