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EXCLUSIVE: How a leg tattoo landed troubled Home and Away child star in jail for bashing an Uber driver – as his life spirals out of control in series of bizarre incidents since losing role on the show

Police identified Home and Away child star Felix Dean as the perpetrator who assaulted an Uber driver on a busy suburban street thanks to a distinguishing leg tattoo.

The tattoo depicts a beautiful young woman holding an ace of spades and a long-nailed finger to her lips in a’shhh’ motion, with a heart on her face.

It was recorded on CCTV footage at the crime site and is evident in Dean’s social media photos.

Dean received his big break on Home and Away at the age of ten, playing VJ Patterson, the son of Ada Nicodemou’s character Leah Patterson, from 2007 until 2014.

He has not had another acting credit since being replaced in that position in the long-running television drama by the older Matt Little when he was 17 years old.

His life seemed to have spiralled out of control in recent years, with him becoming unemployed, homeless, and reliant on Centrelink.

Dean is now facing a slew of accusations stemming from five separate events, including an unjustified attack on an Uber driver and a hammer assault on a tobacconist.

He previously admitted to attacking the driver with the aim to rob him and shattering another man’s glass earlier that night after being caught urinating outside his home.

The 24-year-old also admitted to smashing his car through the security gates of a Sydney hotel’s underground parking garage, costing more than $7,000 in damage.

He is accused of attacking police, affray, assault causing actual bodily injury, being armed with the purpose to conduct an indictable offence, and theft, among other offences.

Dean has been detained four times in the last 18 months by three police local area commands for allegedly committing crimes in four Sydney neighbourhoods.

He was drinking with a companion in a park behind Newtown’s King Street on January 6 when he was discovered urinating outside his flat soon before 9 p.m. by a tenant.

‘Come on mate, people live here, what are you doing?’ yelled the resident. ‘Do you want a fight?’ Dean said.

Dean grabbed up a bottle and broke one of his windows when the man dialled Triple Zero and showed the jobless actor his phone screen.

Dean was standing on a walkway near Erskineville Road when an Uber driver went by and turned into Wilson Street around an hour later.

Dean dashed in front of the car, smacked the hood, flung open the car door, and began punching the driver in the head and face.

‘Get out of the car, you fking c,’ Dean said to the driver, who kicked him in the stomach, shut the door, and drove away.

CCTV cameras mounted in the Uber driver’s car and outside businesses in the neighbourhood filmed the attack on the Uber driver.

Dean was observed wearing a navy singlet with huge yellow lettering spelling out ‘California, Berkeley,’ blue nylon Henley shorts, and grey Asics trainers.

He was wearing a black backpack and had a ‘distinctive tattoo’ on his lower right leg just above the ankle, according to a statement of facts.

The statement of facts said, “The tattoo is black and white ink and represents a female face with long flowing hair.”

Investigators acquired CCTV video from the Bank Hotel, Town Hall Hotel, and Vintage Cellars after the Uber driver reported the attack to the Newtown police station.

The statement of facts stated, “The accused was located as a person of interest in the affair.”

‘Investigators utilised open source material searches to find photographs of the accused, including the tattoo on his lower right thigh.’

‘Investigators noticed the accused matched the CCTV image closely, and his distinguishing tattoo matched the CCTV footage.’

Dean’s Facebook page still has photographs of him with his tattoo.

Dean was seen carrying a black backpack over his shoulder and wearing grey Asics shoes in body-worn camera footage from earlier confrontations with police.

Officers saw Dean coming down a set of stairs at The Lurline boutique hotel on Avoca Street, Randwick, wearing navy Henley shorts and grey Asics.

He was handcuffed and detained, but before being placed in a caged vehicle, he was instructed to return to the hotel and leave his phone and other belongings in his room.

‘Police spoke with the accused and noted the blue singlet with yellow lettering on the front,’ according to the statement of facts.

“Yeah, I have that here,” the accused answered. Dean then rummaged through his belongings and produced the singlet, which was taken along with a black backpack.

Police were summoned to the Maroubra Police Station. Dean declined to be interrogated, offer a buccal swab for DNA comparison, or participate in a parade of suspects.

The statement of facts noted, “During the arrest, the accused just stated throughout that he was bewildered and could not conceive of any reason why police would arrest and interrogate him.”

Dean was released on bond and pled guilty to assaulting the Uber driver and shattering the window in May.

He was detained again on September 18 in Paddington, reportedly for failing to follow a Covid-19 directive.

Dean then allegedly assaulted a senior constable by kicking him in the leg, according to police. He has yet to enter a plea to the two charges.

Dean was granted bail following the incident under tight restrictions, including a 6 p.m. curfew and random drug and alcohol tests.

On October 11, soon before midnight, he was detained again outside the TSG Tobacconist in Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills.

After snatching an iPhone from the shop, Dean allegedly assaulted a tobacconist with a hammer and assaulted another guy, according to police.

Dean was subsequently denied bail and has been in detention since since.

He has not entered a plea to accusations of assault causing actual bodily injury, two counts of common assault, theft, affray, and being equipped with a firearm for the purpose of committing an indictable crime.

On December 7, he will be sentenced.


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