A man has gone on trial suspected of mistreating a child by farting in his face.
Gary Mckenzie is accused of the disgusting prank that landed him in court, However he admits he once farted in front of the boy’s face accidentally and said it was funny.
His Charge sheet states “At Darlington in the County of Durham, being a person who had attained the age of 16 years, you wilfully ill-treated the child, namely by breaking wind in his face, in a manner likely to cause him unnecessary suffering or injury to health Contrary to section 1(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933.”
Mckenzie also faces more serious charges after he is alleged to have punched a boy on the arm and sucked his eye while play fighting. He is further accused of holding a pillow over the face of another child which he says was playing.
The court has discussed that when Mckenzie aged 22 approached a boy under the age of 16 and ‘pumped’ in the defendants ‘face’ which has been described in court as “cruel and bullying.”
During a police interview McKenzie denied the incident, saying he had once broken wind while climbing a flight of steps when the boy had been behind him with his face near his backside. ” and said it had been funny at the time.
The boy told police “He pumped. He was right next to me and bending down, he was wearing shorts, his shorts were right next to my face.
“I said ‘why did you do that?’ and he said he did it because he wanted to be nasty,” The child recalled another time when Mckenzie farted in another child’s face saying “He pulled his pants down and pumped right on their face. I knew he had pumped because I heard the noise.”
Mckenzie has denied child cruelty and the trial is set to continue for the rest of the week.