Almondbury thugs in court over boy attack
Mar 10 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A 16-YEAR-OLD boy had to undergo surgery to repair a broken jaw after he was attacked by two other teenagers in woods near to Almondbury High School.
The youngster, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was going to meet some friends to play football last April when he was approached by the 16 and 17-year-old youths.
Prosecutor Martin Haigh told Bradford Crown Court yesterday that the 16-year-old victim had mistakenly been accused of giving alcohol to the younger brother of the 16-year-old, but after an exchange the complainant continued walking.
The teenager was suddenly grabbed round the neck by the 17-year-old and then punched once in the jaw by the 16-year-old.
The injured boy was taken to hospital after the early evening attack and it was discovered that his lower jaw had been fractured in two places.
Mr Haigh said the teenager had two titanium plates fitted under a general anaesthetic.
The 16 and 17-year-old youths were later picked out by the victim during police identification procedures.
In January this year the teenagers, who also cannot be identified, both admitted a charge of unlawful wounding.
The court heard that both youths had previous convictions, but after reading reports about them Recorder Sandra Keen decided to impose sentences which were a direct alternative to custody. The 16-year-old will be subject to a 90-day electronically-monitored night-time curfew and must take part in an Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme and the 17-year-old will have a 60-day electronically-monitored curfew and will also attend the ISSP.