A 14-YEAR-old boy who barricaded a woman teacher in a classroom at a children’s home and laughed as he launched a serious sexual assault on her has had his sentenced reduced.
Mr Recorder Greg Bull QC yesterday reduced the boy’s four-year sentence to three after having the case relisted at Mold Crown Court to reconsider the initial sentence.
The boy did not appear in court yesterday and his youth custody sentence was reduced by 12 months in his absence.
The original hearing was told how the teacher’s desperate colleagues tried to break through the door and could hear the woman screaming and the boy laughing as he sexually assaulted her.
The boy, who is now 15 but who cannot be named, was being held at the Wrexham home because of an earlier sexual offence.
He admitted a serious sexual assault against the woman.
Karl Scholz, prosecuting, said the teacher taught the boy without incident until February 25 this year when he had “hugged” her when they were alone. For two days his behaviour was causing her concern. When she asked him what was wrong he walked off into a computer room. She followed him but he closed the door and snapped the latch shut.
“He told her he had things on his mind and he took hold of her and hugged her.
“She managed to get away and wanted to leave the room, but as she went to the door he grabbed her hand and started to pull her towards him. She realised the door was locked.”
He put his hand up the woman’s skirt and carried out a serious sexual assault on her. Staff outside said they could hear their colleague scream and the boy was laughing.
When they eventually got in the teacher was very distressed and had appeared terrified.
She had been unable to return to work since the assault and found it difficult to be alone with men.
Steven Edwards, defending, said the boy had suffered a difficult childhood, had been the victim of abuse and been placed in so many different settings he found it difficult to form relationships.
Despite his sentence reduction, the boy will be registered on the sex offenders’ register for life.