Raging dad rounded up vigilantes to find the men he believed sold drugs to his son


Craig Topen, from Dundee, used his Land Rover Freelander to hit two men before getting out of the vehicle and whacking another man with a golf club, Dundee Sheriff Court heard

A dad rounded up masked vigilantes to attack a man he believed had sold drugs to his son.

Craig Topen sped his Land Rover Freelander through a fence into one of the men he suspected before steering it into another.

The 42-year-old then got out of his car to punch and kick the third man, before whacking him with a golf club, the Daily Record reports.

Topen, who runs a joinery firm, admitted carrying out the attack which left Ilian Iliev scarred for life.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard Topen led a masked gang to the home of Iliev’s friend as he had been told he had been the cause of his son’s drug-related debts.

The court was told Topen drove at Iliev and his friends Kenneth McCluskey and Liam Cuthbert after being confronted by them outside the property.

The accused then “repeatedly struck” Iliev’s head and body with a golf club, leaving him with three wounds to his scalp needing 10 stitches.

Topen, from Dundee, admitted acting with others and, with their faces masked, attacking McCluskey, Cuthbert, and Iliev in the city’s Craigmount Road on November 15, 2019.

He admitted mounting the pavement and driving at them before striking them with the vehicle, then getting out and attacking Iliev with a golf club.

He also admitted having an offensive weapon, namely the golf club.

Sheriff Alistair Carmichael deferred sentence on Topen for reports and he was granted bail.

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