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Youth living in Wrexham punched and racially abused care home staff

Published date: 05 March 2014 |
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A TEENAGER punched a female member of staff at a care home after threatening to kill her.

He then went on to violently assault and racially abuse other members of staff, a court heard.

The 17 year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted committing the offences in a care home in Cheshire. He is now living in the Wrexham area
Wrexham Youth Court heard the teenager had a dispute with a female member of staff at the home over a lack of free time on November 20.

He became aggressive and left the property for 15 minutes, but when he returned he swore and threatened to kill the woman.

The teenager found her in the kitchen area and grabbed her by the arms. A male member of staff intervened and when he tried to hold him back the 17 year-old tried to bite him but did not break the skin.

The teenager then grabbed the female member of staff by the calves and she fell backwards.

With force, he then punched her in the face with his right-hand, before the male member of staff jumped on his back to restrain him.

The youth got to his feet and slammed the male member of staff into the wall, cutting his head and causing swelling and bruising.

Later, when the teenager attempted to say sorry he told the female member of staff he assaulted that she ‘deserved it’.

In a later incident at the same care home on December 14, the youth racially abused staff in a dispute over access to a computer room. When a staff member refused to open the room up for the teenager, he called him a ‘panzee’ – which he confirmed was short for chimpanzee – and said ‘you don’t even speak English’ to another staff member.

Catherine Jagger, defending, said: “He shows genuine remorse and is deeply ashamed.

“He is an articulate young man, from a troubled background with a temper.

“He does not know why he committed these offences.

“He now lives independently in supported accommodation and is due to start the MPTCC Army training course in Wrexham, getting his life on track.”

The teenager was warned by magistrates that if he had been in an adult court, his punishment would have been much more serious.

In light of his remorse, he was given a six month referral order and was ordered to pay combined compensation of £80 to his victims and £40 in costs.

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