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Stepfather Jailed For Attack

Tuesday July 23 2013


Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court


A MAN has been jailed for 22 weeks for attacking his stepson.

Steven James Roebuck, 39, punched the boy twice on the top of the head and aimed a kick at him, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Roebuck had taken part in the Barnsley Boundary Run on the day of the assault, said Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting.

She said Roebuck, of Derwent Crescent, Athersley South, was subject to a suspended jail sentence imposed for four assaults.

She said trouble bagan when Roebuck pulled down his shorts and bared his backside in a light-hearted way. The stepson playfully hit him on the back of his legs.

The family went home and Roebuck started slamming doors and drinking lager.

He left home and returned drunk. Mrs Ormrod said: "Mr Roebuck ran upstairs, punched and kicked the boy. He said: 'I have been waiting to do that for two years'."

Jamie Wake, defending, said Roebuck had been unable to cope with looking after the stepson.

She said: "It had been a lovely family day out. Running helps Mr Roebuck cope with stress. The day turned sour and he started drinking heavily. He deeply regrets that.

"He punched the boy on top of the head and the kick brushed past the victim's head. Mr Roebuck is deeply sorry about the offences and feels he should be punished.

"He realises he needs to change. He has not had a drink since the incident and paid to go on a course to help him curb his anger."

Roebuck admitted assault, drink driving and breaching the terms of a suspended prison sentence.

District Judge John Foster said: "This incident arose out of next to nothing. You assaulted a boy who trusted you. You were drunk, You drove and drunk some more. You were more than twice the drink drive limit.

"All this happened while you were subject to a suspended prison sentence for violence."

Roebuck was banned from driving for three years.

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Reply Posted by DAW on Tuesday July 23 2013 at 11:24
Hang on; he's already on a suspended sentence for four previous assaults then he does this to a young lad and gets 22 weeks! What a mockery the justice system can be. Scumbag.

Reply Posted by Ackerman on Tuesday July 23 2013 at 19:24
He sounds a bit of a bully to me

Reply Posted by MrsB on Saturday July 27 2013 at 15:31
What an utter scumbag. Why wasn't he locked up seeing as he's already on a suspended sentence? This country and its judicial system is an absolute joke. Makes me so not proud up be British!

Reply Posted by Gill on Saturday July 27 2013 at 15:32
If that had been my son he punched, it would be me serving a lot longer than 22 weeks for knocking the living daylights out of him for laying a finger on my boy. Who gave him the god given right to punch any child. The justice system in this country has gone down the pan!

Reply Posted by Wan1 on Saturday July 27 2013 at 15:54
Scum.... should have been taken off the streets at the first offence.

Reply Posted by lol on Sunday August 4 2013 at 11:54
he did not hit him hard enough first time, thats all i can say.