A Leyland chef who punched two young teenagers in the face so hard it chipped one of his victim’s teeth has been handed a suspended prison term.
Liam Batty, 19, of Westmorland Close, assaulted the 14 and 15-year-old boys on Leyland Skate Park last year.
Chorley Magistrates’ Court heard how since the incident, at 5.15pm on November 15, the boys have suffered nightmares and anxiety, with one of them receiving counselling sessions at school.
Susan Duran, of the Crime Prosecution Service, said Batty had set upon the youngsters in an unprovoked attack, punching them numerous times in the face and asking ‘where are the older boys?’.
She said: “The boys were skateboarding when Mr Batty came into the skate park with an unidentified male.
“Batty asked one of the boys where the older boys where, and he replied he did not know.
“Batty hit him. He put his hand around his neck and forced him against the (skate) ramp.
“The boy pushed him off, and then Batty hit him four times in the face, including in the mouth where he broke his braces.”
When a friend tried to intervene, Batty said: “Get out of the way. Do you want me to knock you out as well?”.
He then hit the boy again, chipping his front tooth.
Batty then set upon the second boy, asking him how old he was, and grabbing him by the throat when he wouldn’t tell him.
When the boy eventually gave in and said he was 14, he hit him and his head hit the ground.
A victim impact statement, was read to the court. In it, the first boy said: “Following the assault I have been concerned when I have been out walking on my own.
“Now that seven months have passed I am getting over it, but I am cautious that one day he will come up to me again.”
The second boy said: “I am wary of any gangs of lads wearing hoodies and keep my head down so I don’t attract attention.
“I have nightmares and don’t sleep very well, and have had counselling at school.”
Defending, Craig Mackenzie said: “This wasn’t a pre-meditated incident, and alcohol has been a major factor, but my client does not put that forward as any excuse.
“He seems to have reduced his alcohol consumption and has recognised it has been a problem. He has shown remorse.”
Batty was handed a 24-week custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months, and an 18-month supervision order.
He was also ordered to pay compensation of £100 and £150 to the two boys, as well as court costs of £85.