‘Mad man’ hit boy with drumsticks - court told

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A teenage boy was assaulted with his own drumsticks after he drummed on a house window, a court heard.

The 15-year-old was drumming on street furniture in the city centre as he walked along with friends on June 2. But he then tapped on a house window in Rishworth Street and drew an angry response from tenant Christopher Steven Stuart Adamson.

Prosecutor Richard Ogden told Wakefield Magistrates’ Court how a bare-chested Adamson, 27, came out and asked the boy what he was doing.

Mr Ogden said he punched the victim a number of times. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, dropped the drumstick but Adamson picked it up and hit him on the back of the head with it. Adamson asked him: “How do you like a drumstick bashed on you?”

The court heard how Adamson was acting ‘like a mad man’ and a witness feared for the life of the victim. But he just suffered lumps and swelling.

Adamson pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to common assault. But District Judge Adrian Lower told Aysha Mazharuddin, defending, that he would need more information from the Probation Service before passing sentence.

He said: “Mr Adamson, clearly older and bigger, has lost his temper as a result of the boy being silly, which is unfortunately what teenagers are wont to do, and he has handed out a beating.”

Judge Lower told Adamson: “I’m very concerned that as a result of the victim doing what he did you lost your temper to such an extent that you punched him on a number of occasions and hit him with a drumstick.”

Adamson was bailed until sentencing on February 9.