Pupil punched teacher and kicked police car


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A 14-YEAR-old boy punched a female teacher in the face, a court has heard.

A youth court at Mold heard how the teenager had been abusive and disruptive.

He had been asked to leave a class after he made personal comments about the teacher’s weight in front of the class.

Later he joined another class, refused to leave and when she tried to get him out, he swore at her.

It was then that he squared up to her and threw a punch.

Prosecutor John Wylde told the court: “He pulled his elbow back and struck her in the mouth with his right fist.”

The boy from the Mold area, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted assaulting the teacher at a behavioural unit.

He also admitted damaging a fire door at the premises.

On a later occasion he admitted causing damage at the Northop Hall Community Centre.

He ended up assaulting a female police officer who arrested him, damaged a police car by kicking out and damaged a police cell by writing his name, said prosecutor John Wylde.

Magistrates placed him on a two year youth rehabilitation order.

Under the order the teenager must attend various courses including drug and alcohol misuse and victim awareness.

He was also placed on an eight week tagged curfew between 9pm and 7am.

But the boy said if he could not go out for a cigarette then “I ain’t doing that.”

He was warned if he breached the order then he would be re-sentenced.

Damian Sabino, defending, said his client had at 14-years-old been a heavy drinker.

He had committed the offences while under the influence of alcohol.

The boy had reacted to authority in a way which was common to his own experience of life.

He was currently undergoing psychological assessment.

His mother had been a victim of domestic violence and the defendant was determined not to become a victim.

He had also used cannabis which was not unusual in male adolescents but was more problematic for him because he was so emotionally charged.

Mr Sabino said his client had attention difficulties.

He had not slept the night before his court appearance because he had not taken cannabis.

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