Facebook taunts lead to assault

Cupar Sheriff Court.
Cupar Sheriff Court.
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A TEENAGER responded to Facebook taunts likening him to ‘The Milky Bar Kid’ by assaulting a Waid Academy pupil in the school grounds, a court has heard.

Jonathan Whyte (16) punched the 15-year-old on the head in a lunchtime stand-off, leaving him with a cut lip and bleeding from the ear.

Whyte, of 17 Main Street, Kilrenny, was given a ‘last chance’ to avoid detention after Cupar Sheriff Court was told that the offence was committed while he was already on a community payback order, imposed less than a month earlier.

Sheriff Charles Macnair deferred sentence for three months for good behaviour and extended the existing order.

Whyte admitted assaulting the boy on March 13 this year at Waid Academy by repeatedly punching him on the head to his injury. He also admitted breaching a community payback order but not guilty pleas to charges of shouting and swearing and resisting arrest were accepted by the Crown.

Depute fiscal Joanne Smith told the court that the 15-year-old and others had posted comments on the social networking site referring to the accused - a former Waid pupil - as ‘The Milky Bar Kid’ and threatening to ‘batter’ him.

The day before the assault, the 15-year-old saw a post on the site purporting to be from Whyte that said he was going to the school next day to batter him at lunchtime.

The 15-year-old replied: ‘After months of saying this Johnny, fight me tomorrow??’

The following day staff were alerted to the impending fight and the police were called.

But at 1.30pm, the accused marched up to the younger boy and went nose-to-nose with him.

“There was a verbal exchange and the accused began to punch the complainer about the face,” said Ms Smith.

“Both grappled with each other before ending up on the ground and had to be separated by another pupil.”

Whyte’s defence agent David Bell told the court that it wasn’t his client who had posted the message about battering the 15-year-old, but nevertheless he had no business going to the school and shouldn’t have responded to the goading in the way he had.