‘You made a mess of that lad’s face’, magistrate tells Somercotes teen after headbutt

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A YOUTH was head-butted by a Somercotes teenager who claimed his girlfriend had been threatened.

The victim, who is 17 and cannot be identified, was with friends outside Riddings community centre when he was attacked.

He told police a group arrived including some girls he knew and Zak Smith, who he had not met before.

Smith (18) walked straight over, accused him of threatening two of the girls and grabbed his neck and squeezed it.

“He said he hadn’t. Out of the blue, the defendant head-butted him under the eye. The victim contacted his mother, who contacted police,” Lynn Manning, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates.

Smith was arrested and claimed the youth had made a threatening gesture towards his girlfriend.

He accepted head-butting him, saying he returned to the scene soon after the assault to apologise but the victim’s mother was present and, fearing retribution, he gave a false name.

“He was identified as he was known to one of the victim’s friends,” said Ms Manning.

Smith, unemployed, of Bonnington Drive, Somercotes, admitted the 17th October assault and was ordered to do 80 hours’ unpaid work and pay £150 compensation to his victim.

“You made a mess of that lad’s face. It’s time for you to ‘get real’ as they say and start acting more sensibly. Don’t waste your future,” presiding magistrate David Summers told him.

Kevin Tomlinson, for Smith, said he was unaware at the time of the offence that the victim knew his girlfriend.

“He says the complainant threatened to break her jaw for some reason,” said Mr Tomlinson.

He added that the former butchery worker was in trouble with the law between 2009 and 2011 - which Smith down to “associating with the wrong crowd and smoking weed” - but he had no previous history of violence.