Boy (13) suffered fractured cheekbone in school assault


A Fife youth has appeared in court for assaults he committed against two pupils when he was at high school. 

A 13-year-old boy sustained a fractured cheekbone after being punched by Dylan Wakely. 

Five months later he punched a 14-year-old girl after throwing a snowball at her. 

Wakely (18), of Natal Place, Cowdenbeath, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court. 

He admitted that on 22nd August at Beath High School, Foulford Road, Cowdenbeath, he assaulted a boy who was then aged 13 by punching him on the head to his injury, while acting under provocation. 

He also admitted that on 22nd January at Foulford Road, he assaulted a girl then aged 14 by grabbing her hair, pulling her and punching her on the head to her injury. 

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said the first incident resulted in the victim sustaining a fractured cheekbone. 

“The complainer was standing next to the accused and others on the ground floor of the school,“ she went on. 

“When they were on the stairs, another person spat from the upper level narrowly missing the accused but striking the other boy’s backpack. He rubbed this in the accused’s face and was then punched in the face. 

“The boy’s eye was swollen and his nose was bleeding. Teachers came and took over the situation.” 

The second incident took place at around 1.30pm, Ms Yousaf told the court. 

“There had been recent ill-feeling between the accused and the complainer. On this day she had left school with friends to go to shops and snowballs were thrown by the accused at them. 

“They approached him and he made a pre-emptive strike by punching her on the face, causing her to sustain a swollen cheek.” 

Defence solicitor Roshni Joshi said her client had left school in April and hoped a gain a placement on a training course. She said that he had suffered bullying during his time at school. 

Sheriff Craig McSherry called for reports and Wakely will be sentenced on 1st August.


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