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Redruth boy, 15, wet himself after being punched in the face

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: February 14, 2014


A 15-YEAR-OLD Redruth boy wet himself after a man punched him in the face and broke his BMX bicycle.

At Truro Magistrates’ Court on February 5, Michael Budden, 20, who gave his address in court as Highfield Road, Camelford, admitted assaulting by beating the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on July 25, last year in Redruth.

He also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the value of £100 to the boy’s bike.

Anita Kennett, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said it was about 9.30pm when the boy rode his bike past Budden who started shouting at him and accusing him of saying things about Budden’s then girlfriend.

Ms Kennett said: “Then he was punched to the face by the defendant, he was crying and screaming, when he returned home he had wet his trousers.”

Budden also picked up the boy’s bike and threw it.

The boy suffered a bloody nose and bruises in the attack and could not afford to have his bike fixed.

Dieter Kehler, defending, said Budden had been living in a hostel at the time of the incident and had been taking speed, methedrone and cannabis but that he had since stopped taking the drugs and was looking for work.

Magistrates sentenced Budden to a 12-month community order with 100 hours’ unpaid work.

He was also placed on a 7pm to 7am curfew for six weeks and ordered to pay £150 compensation to the boy, £40 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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