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Russells Hall teen squirted schoolboy with bleach
10:57am Tuesday 7th August 2012 in News
A RUSSELLS Hall teenager who squirted bleach at a 15-year-old schoolboy in a long standing dispute over a mobile telephone has been sent to a Young Offenders Institution for six months.
Judge Robert Maxwell told 19-year-old Jordon Seymour at Wolverhampton Crown Court that if the boy had not turned away the bleach could have gone into his eye causing "significant injury."
He said he had no means of knowing just who was right or wrong in the dispute and added: "You decided to take the law into your own hands and that is a serious matter.
"You used bleach as a weapon and there was clearly some degree of premeditation. Your criminal record also makes the case worse because when you committed this offence you were the subject of a community order."
Seymour of Corbyn Road, admitted common assault on the boy in an earlier incident when he was punched in the face and assault causing actual bodily harm.
Mr Mark Phillips prosecuting said the boy had claimed Seymour stole his mobile telephone and his family had been paid £150 as compensation.
But Seymour then asked the boy to give him £80 back when he met him in the street before punching him in the face, the court was told.
Then, just eight days later, Seymour approached the boy with a bottle of bleach and he squirted it at him but fortunately he quickly turned around and the corrosive liquid went onto his neck, hair and clothing.
The victim later complained of burning to his neck, said Mr Phillips who added: "We don't know what injuries he might have suffered if he had not turned away."
A witness to the incident told police it had not been a momentary squirting with the bleach bottle - "it was something that went on for a long time."
Mr Paul Mytton defending said reports indicated Seymour's behaviour had been impulsive and that he was someone who "does not think before he acts."