Shaun Pattyson, 28, who coached his child’s headmaster after headbutting him as he and his partner were called to school to pick up their ‘unruly’ offspring, has been sentenced to 4 months in prison jail.
Pattyson allegedly launched an attack without warning on the principal identified as Robert Swindells as other students looked on. This happened shortly after he arrived at school and met them at the door.
He headbutted Mr Swindells, knocking him to the ground, before hitting him repeatedly as he lay on the pavement.
After being dragged by his partner, he told his victim;
“You fell like a bag of shit.
“Come to the park and I’ll finish you off.”
Mr Swindells, head of school in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, for 11 to 16 year olds, was left with swelling in his right cheek and pain in his shoulder.
Stoke-On-Trent reported live that prosecutor Zaine Riaz told the North Staffordshire Justice Center the pupil had been described as a ‘problem child’.
“On May 9, they were sanctioned and their phone was confiscated.
“The teacher contacted their parents to pick up their child. He still had the confiscated phone.
“The principal and the child were outside the school when Pattyson arrived.
“He approached the director.
“The defendant faced him by placing his forehead against his and without warning he butted the headmaster.
“He started hitting him repeatedly and he kicked him.”
Pattyson of Brewester Road, Bucknall, pleaded guilty to common assault. His attorney, James Hulse, noted he was candid in his interview and acknowledged his behavior was “out of place”.
He has since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Hulse further revealed that the child cried on the phone and lost his temper when he arrived at school.
“In his words, ‘it doesn’t excuse my behavior, but it does provide some kind of explanation as to why I’m reacting the way I do.’
“He is now taking the right medications.
“A suspended sentence would have teeth. There has been a noticeable change in the last two weeks. He seems to think before he acts.”
District Judge Kevin Grego, however, told Pattyson;
“You pleaded guilty to a common assault offense against Mr. Swindells on May 9.
“There had been problems at school that morning. You and your partner had been contacted and told that the child was going to have to leave school, at least for the day.
“Very soon after, as seen on CCTV, you arrived. Mr Swindells and the child were on the steps.
“There was no verbal commitment.
“You just walked up to him, got his attention so that he turned to you and, in my opinion, quite cowardly, you grabbed him by headbutting him before he he couldn’t react to your presence, and with such force he fell to the ground.
“On the way down, you hit him several times and he fell.
“It happened on school premises in front of the child and in front of other students.
“Officials must have confidence that when they are victims of a crime the court will impose an appropriate sentence and in this case the only appropriate sentence is a four-month prison sentence.”