North East Wales

Boy, 14, gets rehabilitation order for punching teacher

A 14-year-old boy who punched a woman teacher in the face has been given a two-year youth rehabilitation order.

The boy punched the teacher in the mouth after becoming abusive and disruptive, the youth court at Mold heard.

He admitted the assault at a behavioural unit, and damaging a fire door.

Magistrates also ordered him to attend drug and alcohol misuse and victim awareness courses.

The court was told the boy was asked to leave a class after he made personal comments about the teacher's weight.

Later he joined another class, refused to leave and when she tried to get him out, he swore at her before squaring up to her and throwing the punch.

Police cell

"He pulled his elbow back and struck her in the mouth with his right fist," prosecutor John Wylde said.

On a later occasion the teenager admitted causing damage at 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, Mr Wylde said.

An eight-week tagged curfew between 21:00 and 07:00 was imposed and the boy was warned he would be resentenced if he breached it.

Damian Sabino, defending, said that the boy had been a heavy drinker at 14 and had committed the offences under the influence of alcohol.

He said the teenager was undergoing psychological assessment.

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