Teacher headbutted boy, 16, and told him to ‘shut the f*** up’ in attack

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Craig Embrey, 31, has been told he can no longer work as a teacher after he headbutted a 16-year-old-boy, who attends a special school, and left him with a split lip and needing three stitches.

Louise Santamera, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that just after 8pm on January 18 last year, the victim and a friend planned to go to a house party on Embrey’s street in Warrington, but seeing the size of the group they changed their minds, Liverpool Echo reports.

Ms Santamera said: “They were singing as they left but suddenly found themselves confronted by the defendant who appeared to be angry. He told them to ‘shut the f….up.”

The boys told him to “cool it” and said they were leaving but he headbutted one of them.

The police, who Embrey had called earlier, were quickly on the scene. An officer spoke to Embrey who said the boys had sworn at him and he felt frightened.

He gave the officers his name but then ran off and they lost him. However, after he went home his partner rang the police and they came round to speak to him.

When interviewed Embrey said there had been a large group congregating near his home and he was alarmed as he thought a relative of his partner’s might be among them.

He went out to find her and on his way back encountered the two youths who were “singing and swearing at the top of their voices and he told them to shut up”.

Embrey also told them there were children sleeping and they had set his dogs off barking.

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He claimed the boy he assaulted had threatened do “do him in” and that one of them had “approached him at speed one with his arms raised as if to strike him”.

Embrey said he panicked and reacted by headbutting him but denied intending to injure him and expressed remorse, said Ms Santamera.

Judge Gary Woodhall said that he accepted that Embrey “had genuinely but mistakenly misjudged the situation” and thought he was about to be attacked.

He said: “You were not about to be attacked. They were in no way to blame. As you approached you told the boys to ‘f*** off’ and committed the assault. The level of force used was on any view excessive.

“You continued to deny intending to cause any harm. I conclude that is unrealistic, if you headbutt someone in the face you must have intended some harm. A probation officer says it was a highly compulsive offence and an isolated incident which I accept.”

Embrey pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm. He was ordered to pay his victim £900 compensation and the judge also imposed a community order for nine months.

He was also ordered to carry out 10 days rehabilitation activities, 90 hours unpaid work and to pay £300 prosecution costs.

Michael Davies, defending, said that Embrey, who has no previous convictions, had lost his job as a result of the incident. He had been told he would not be able to continue teaching even if he was acquitted of the offence.

He has now obtained employment with a pharmaceutical company and both he and his partner work but she is due to give birth to their first child in two weeks time.

Additional reporting by Lynda Roughley.

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