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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Schoolboy left disfigured by attack too self-conscious to go to school

A 14-year-old boy has been off school for months after being left permanently disfigured from an attack in which his nose was partially bitten off.

The teenager has been left too self conscious to return to school after the attack last September, Carlisle Crown Court heard, in which he lost part of his nostril.

In a statement made after the attack, the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told how people were calling him “deformed”.

He told police how he was now “extremely nervous” of other people and “constantly looking over his shoulder”.

He also didn’t like leaving his mother alone, in case someone attacked her, he said.

The teenager’s attacker, Jason Martin Clay, was jailed for more than a year.

The court heard how the 29-year-old attacked the boy after a heavy drinking session one evening last September.

He grabbed him around the throat with both hands, threw him to the floor then sat on top of him and bit his face.

Prosecuting barrister Jonathan Dickinson told the court the incident happened after the boy had gone to talk to someone on the phone.

After 10 minutes Clay attacked the boy “apparently without provocation”, he said.

The violence ended “as quickly as it had started”, with Clay suddenly letting go of the boy, saying “sorry” and running off.

Soon afterwards, he phoned the police from the Milbourne Arms, near Junction Street, and asked them to arrest him, the court heard.

When they arrived he told them: “I went stupid.

“He upset me.”

In mitigation defence solicitor Malcolm Dodds said Clay, who used to work for a Carlisle skip hire firm, realised he had to go to prison.

“He would be the first to accept that he has problems with his temper and with his drinking, and the sooner he gets to control both of them the better,” he said.

Clay, of Holme Terrace, Denton Holme, pleaded guilty to assault, causing actual bodily harm.

He was jailed for 12 months and 24 days.

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