Father jailed after headbutting headteacher at his child’s school

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A father has been jailed after headbutting a headteacher at his child’s school before telling his victim: “Come down the park and I will finish you off.”

Shaun Pattyson, 28, had been called to Chesterton Community Sports College by staff due to the child’s unruly behaviour.

According to StokeonTrentLive, when he and his partner arrived, the child was outside the school entrance with headteacher Robert Swindells. Without warning the defendant headbutted Mr Swindells and punched him repeatedly to the ground.

Pattyson was dragged off by his partner but he told Mr Swindells: “You went down like a sack of s***. Come down the park and I will finish you off.”

Mr Swindells was left with swelling to his right cheek and shoulder pain. Now Pattyson has been jailed for four months at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

Prosecutor Zaine Riaz said the pupil had been described as a “problem child”. Mr Riaz said: “On May 9 they were disciplined and their phone was confiscated. The teacher contacted their parents to collect their child. He still had the confiscated phone.

“The headteacher and the child were outside the school when Pattyson arrived. He approached the headteacher. The defendant squared up to him placing his forehead against his and, without warning, he headbutted the headteacher. He began to repeatedly punch him and he kicked him.”

The violence was captured on CCTV which was shown to the court. Pattyson could be clearly seen to approach his victim, headbutt him, and repeatedly punch his victim. He also kicked him. Mr Riaz added: “After the assault Pattyson said, ‘You went down like a sack of s***. Come down the park and I will finish you off’.”

Pattyson, of Brewester Road, Bucknall, pleaded guilty to common assault.

James Hulse, mitigating, said Pattyson was candid in his interview and accepted his behaviour was “out of order”. He has since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Mr Hulse said: “In his words, ‘It does not excuse my behaviour but it does provide some sort of explanation as to why I react in the way I do’.”

Mr Hulse said the child had been crying down the phone and he lost his temper when he arrived at the school. 

“He is now taking the right medication,” said Mr Hulse. “A suspended sentence would have some teeth. There has been a noticeable change in the last two weeks. He seems to think before he acts.”

District Judge Kevin Grego told Pattyson: “You pleaded guilty to an offence of common assault on Mr Swindells on May 9. There had been problems at the school that morning. You and your partner had been contacted and were told the child was going to have to leave the school, at least for the day.

“Very shortly afterwards, as seen on CCTV, you arrived. Mr Swindells and the child were on the steps. There was no verbal engagement. You simply walked up to him, caught his attention to turn to you and, in my judgement, in utterly cowardly fashion, you caught him by headbutting him before he could react to your presence, and with such force he went to the ground. On the way down you punched him repeatedly and he went down.

“This happened on school premises in front of the child and in front of other students. Public servants need to have confidence that when they are victims of crime the court will impose appropriate punishment and in this case the only appropriate sentence is prison for four months.”

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