A TEENAGER with a history of violence assaulted a care worker at a children’s home in Suffolk, a court heard this week.
The 15-year-old, who has 11 convictions for 23 offences – seven for violence between 2010 and 2011 and one against the same victim – pleaded guilty to common assault at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Prosecuting, Wayne Ablett said that on the night of January 26 the youth, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, approached the care worker and told her that an office was unlocked.
When the care worker went to check, she discovered that the handle to the office door was covered in human excrement.
While being abusive, the youth took out a multi-tool penknife and waved it in front of the care worker, about one and a half inches from her face.
The deputy manager at the home witnessed the incident, which left the care worker ‘petrified’, said Mr Ablett.
The next morning, the youth approached the victim again and continued to be abusive towards her.
Mr Ablett said: “She suffered a panic attack and couldn’t breathe and went to the manager’s office while he continued to shout at her.”
The police were called and the youth was arrested. When interviewed by police he admitted being verbally abusive and to thrusting a penknife at the victim, said Mr Ablett.
In mitigation, Claire Lockwood said the teenager was a complex, vulnerable young man with ADHD, and that he had the penknife as a fishing tool.
“He accepts that he would have put her at fear of physical violence,” she said.
The youngster was released on conditional bail but was taken-back to youth court on Wednesday for sentencing.
He received an 18 month youth rehabilitation order, with supervision.