'Demon child from hell' who appeared on Jeremy Kyle says he wants to help other kids after coming out as gay
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A man once branded a 'demon child' wants to help other young kids like him.
Danny Oakley, from Wolverhampton, hit the headlines as a young boy, when he and his brother Ricky ran riot on their estate.
The pair terrorised their neighbourhood, with a long list of crimes against their name, from arson and burglary to shop lifting and racial abuse.
At the time, they were known as 'Asbros', having become two of the youngest people in the country to receive an Anti-Social Behaviour Order.
But Danny, now 29, has since turned his life around, and has said previously that he put a lot of his behaviour down to him trying to hide the fact he was gay.
''I broke so many ASBOs, there's only so many places you can be banned from," he recalled.
"People don't believe I'm gay, I grew up with straight-acting chavvy lads doing drugs and moving drugs.
''I wasn't raised with someone saying 'you can be a princess'."
Between them, Danny and his brother had 70 offences, but says that the authorities didn't take the time to get to the root of the problem.
Instead, he says he was forced into homeschooling, which only 'isolated' him further.
Danny explained: "We were effectively told we were scum by a judge, so we carried on.
''When I found out I was on the front page of a newspaper, it was such an adrenaline rush.
"If I'd had the right attention, I could have achieved anything. I could have been a politician.
''All I needed was a boost. Going to college gave me confidence."
It wasn't until he went to prison for a month back in 2014 that he realised he needed to change his ways.
Sadly, though, he says he no longer has anything to do with his brother or his family.
"I'm more intelligent than the rest of my family and feel like I was swapped at birth," Danny said.
"People still recognise me on the street and say, 'You're the ASBO kid'. I would love to be living a peaceful and calm life.
"Everyone's dream is two kids, nice home, nice car. I look out for my friends' kids because of my childhood."
Danny says that wants to give back to the community and help others like him get the support they need.
He added: "I want to start doing charity work, it still isn't easy being LGBT in the Midlands."