Emotions were running high when a 33-year-old man assaulted a teenager in Bury St Edmunds, a court has heard.
Christopher Charles Widdowfield, of Prince Charles Avenue, Bury, received a six-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty to assault by beating at Bury Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Prosecuting, Lesla Small said the 14-year-old victim was in a Bury street when at around 8.50pm on June 25 he saw a man ‘kick a cat across the floor’.
She said ‘it made him smirk because it wasn’t something he’d think a grown up would do’ and when asked by Widdowfield’s mum if he thought it was funny, had said ‘yes’.
Widdowfield challenged the boy over what he was saying to his mum and with that ‘shoved’ him, causing him to suffer a cut lip, she added.
He told police it had been a ‘stressful day’ for his mum who been taken to hospital following a car accident and that he had gone outside after hearing ‘cross words’ exchanged between her and a group of three boys.
Miss Small said: “They were taking the mickey out of her and smiling and he said when he went out and challenged them he [the victim] reacted in a cocksure manner and, with emotions running high, he pushed him to the lower chest area.”
She said he was ‘surprised’ to learn how young the boy was and ‘very remorseful and apologetic’.
He told police he had not touched the boy’s face and had not pushed him very hard as he had not fallen off the wall he was sat on, said Miss Small.
In mitigation, Claire Lockwood said Widdowfield heard the boys ‘jeering and jiving’ and ‘didn’t think it was acceptable to speak to anyone like that, let alone his mother’.
She suggested the boy could have bitten his lip when he was pushed, causing the ‘small cut’ to the inside of his lip.
As well as the conditional discharge, Widdowfield was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
The court did not award compensation to the victim.