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Teenage boy punched in row over beer

PUBLISHED: 17:47 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:34 12 August 2010

A TRAINEE bricklayer admitted punching a 15-year-old boy after he refused to give him a can of beer. Kenneth Springthorpe, 18, of Castleton Road, Mottingham, saw the boy walking down the road with two cans of beer and punched him in the mouth when he wa

A TRAINEE bricklayer admitted punching a 15-year-old boy after he refused to give him a can of beer.

Kenneth Springthorpe, 18, of Castleton Road, Mottingham, saw the boy walking down the road with two cans of beer and punched him in the mouth when he was refused one, Croydon Crown Court heard last Friday.

The attack caused the young victim extensive dentistry work.

Springthorpe pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm and was given a suspended sentence and he will have to pay £350 compensation to his young victim.

Julius Capon, prosecuting, said: "The defendant has an unfortunate record for a man just 18.

"He has convictions for criminal damage, battery and a number of public order offences in 2007 and 2008."

Jessie Mond-Wedd, defending, said Springthorpe was a heavy drinker at weekends. He had been depressed at the time of the assault on May 23 and had had no sense of purpose. He has now enrolled with Lewisham College for a three year course in bricklaying.

Judge Ruth Downing told Springthorpe: "I am quite satisfied that when you struck him you didn't understand the potency of a clenched fist. I accept you were too drunk to understand what you were doing."

He was given four months detention suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 130 hours unpaid work.

In addition to the £350 compensation, he must also pay £350 costs.

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