Spennymoor Boy
Someone Being Bullied
Male | Spennymoor, England   United Kingdom
Spennymoor boy, 12, went on crime spree after being bullied
Bullying Type: Physical / Emotional
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A 12-YEAR-old boy went on a crime spree, which included stealing almost £200 from his mother, because he was being bullied by an older teenager, a court has heard.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stole a rucksack from Spennymoor Leisure Centre, broke a window at his home and on two occasions took money from his mother’s purse, magistrates in Newton Aycliffe heard.

Jonathan Bambro prosecuting said the boy’s mother is at the end of her tether due to her son’s out of control behaviour.

But Fergal Byrne, representing the boy, said their relationship improved this weekend after the boy revealed that we was being bullied by a 15-year-old.

Mr Byrne said the pressure being exerted on him had caused him to lash out and go on a crime spree.

At about 3pm on Thursday, November 21, the boy entered a lock up next to the leisure centre and stole a rucksack belonging to a workman who discovered the theft pretty quickly, with the boy being arrested only hours later.

On Sunday, December 8, he stole £100 from his mother’s purse to buy a bike and a BB gun, the following day he smashed a window at their Spennymoor home after arguing with his mother, and on Tuesday, December 10, he took her bank card and withdrew £90 to buy himself a new jacket.

Mr Bambro said the card, which had been stolen just hours after the boy had been released by police following the criminal damage to the window, was found lying in the street.

Mr Byrne said the boy’s revelation about the bullying had relieved the tension between him and his mother.

“He has been suffering at the hands of this bully but has been bottling it up," he said.

“It is difficult for anyone to cope with bullying, but at only 12-years-old it has been an awful feeling.”

Magistrates said being bullied was no reason to commit crime, and warned the boy that he could be jailed if keeps on misbehaving.

They added three months to a six-month referral order made on December 2 after the boy, who admitted theft, burglary and causing criminal damage, was convicted of a previous criminal damage offence.


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