Assualt charge after confronting boy, 14

Court news.
Court news.

A 23-year-old Skegness man who confronted a 14-year-old boy he thought had been shoplifting, admitted assault when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Blane Arno John Wheddon-Burnard, of Grosvenor Road, was said to have been in a newsagent shop in Lumley Road on 
the late afternoon of January 10.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said Wheddon-Burnard knew the shopkeeper and while he was in the shop he saw the schoolboy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and thought he had taken a chocolate bar, although the boy denied it.

When the boy and his friends left the shop, Wheddon-Burnard went after them and then, said Mr Todd, he ‘frogmarched’ the boy back to the shop and the police were called.

He said that the boy was not injured and the CCTV images were inconclusive as to whether or not the boy had taken the chocolate.

Wheddon-Burnard, who was not represented, told the magistrates that the shopkeeper had told him the boy had taken the chocolate and had asked him to get the boy back.

He said that he just walked the boy back to the shop and when he saw the playback of the CCTV, his view was that the boy had taken the chocolate but he accepted that 
what he had done was 

Last Tuesday, magistrates imposed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered Wheddon-Burnard to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

They made no order for compensation.