A BULLIED teenager who took an axe to a showdown with one of his tormentors ended up being assaulted with it.

The youth, from Athersley North, took the weapon to the pre-arranged fight but was disarmed and hit with its blunt end in the ribs.

Brian Bushell, defending at Barnsley Youth Court, said the fight was set up over the phone and the youngster was egged on by someone else to take the axe.

When the teenager turned up for the scrap, there were more people there than he expected.

Mr Bushell added: "The axe was brandished and taken from him. It was then used to assault him. He was taken to hospital but, apart from bruised ribs, there was nothing seriously wrong with him.

"He is a naive young lad who seems to have been bullied by a group."

The teenager's grandmother told the court he had been 'beaten senseless' about a fortnight before the incident.

The youngster admitted possessing an offensive weapon, was given a 12-month referral order and will be given a curfew which will be imposed by the youth offending team.

He was ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.