Jail for humiliating attack on teenager

Stephen Gregory is jailed for 14 months.
Stephen Gregory is jailed for 14 months.
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A Smalley man pulled down a teenage Hallowe’en prankster’s trousers, caned him and handcuffed him to a washing line, a court heard.

A lit firework was even placed between the buttocks of the 15-year-old on October 31 last year.

The attack led to a 14-month prison term for Stephen Gregory, 54, of Radford Road, who admitted two counts of kidnap and two assaults causing actual bodily harm.

Judge Michael Cullum said: “This is about a somewhat bizarre and extreme example of horseplay.

“You behaved inappropriately to a youth who had been knocking on your door causing you irritation.”

Derby Crown Court heard the victim had been playing ‘knock and run’, tapping on the lorry driver’s door three times that evening.

Julie Warburton, prosecuting, said the boy intended it as a joke but it annoyed Gregory because it made his dog bark.

A teenager chased the boy and brought him back to the house, where Gregory pulled his trousers down. He hit him with a cane on the bottom and thighs.

The boy managed to escape but was brought back again by the teenager, who had him in a headlock.

“His trousers were again pulled down and a lit banger was put between his buttocks, making him believe he would be burnt,” said Miss Warburton.

“It was removed before it exploded as people laughed.”

She said: “He was then handcuffed by both wrists to a washing line and had to stand on tip toes, although both his feet were still touching the ground.”

The boy was then struck with a riding crop across the legs and buttocks, leaving 70cm.

When he went home, his mother described him as ‘shaking, crying, hysterical and gasping between breaths’.

The judge added: “The fact you repeated what you may have seen as light-hearted punishment makes it far more serious.”

Quentin Robbins, for Gregory, said: “These hours or minutes of madness, can’t be explained by Mr Gregory.

“He has brought shame upon himself.”

A youth court will deal with the teenager who brought the victim back to Gregory’s home.

He admitted false imprisonment.

The judge ordered the destruction of the toy handcuffs, cane and riding crop.