Woman admits punching 11-year-old

A WOMAN has appeared in court after punching an 11-year-old child in the street.

Charmain Dear, of Clay Pits Lane, Pellon, hit the boy after he said he hated her niece.

The 38-year-old was in drink when the incident happened on August 31, last year, but has worked hard since then to beat her alcohol demons.

The boy was out playing on his scooter with a group of friends in Elland town centre at 9.30pm.

Calderdale Magistrates Court heard Dear approached the group after hearing that a young relative had been bullied by a group of boys.

She asked the group if they’d heard of her relative and the 11-year-old boy replied that he did know and that he hated her.

Prosceutor Bill Astin said: “She asked him to repeat what he had said and at that point she punched him in the shoulder.”

The boy’s friends took him back to his mother who went round to the defendant’s house, she denied anything had happened and the police became involved.

Mr Astin said: “This was a relatively minor incident but she is an adult and the boy was 11-years-old and very slight for his age - he could be mistaken for somebody younger.”

Dear admitted a charge of assault by beating.

Sonia Kidd, mitigating, said: “She has had difficulty with consumption of alcohol for over 20 years. Since October she has managed to stabilise herself and is doing incredibly well working hard in addressing these issues.”

Dear was handed a conditional discharge for 12 months and was ordered to pay £50 in compensation and £200 in court costs.