Brother remanded in care

A 14-year-old who pushed and shoved his sister as she tried to get him to wake up and go to school is today remanded in care. The brother and sister, who cannot be named for legal reasons, fought on July 12 after she entered his room in a bid to get him to school.

A 14-year-old who pushed and shoved his sister as she tried to get him to wake up and go to school is today remanded in care.

The brother and sister, who cannot be named for legal reasons, fought on July 12 after she entered his room in a bid to get him to school.

The 14-tear-old has now been kicked out of his mother's home and is facing an uncertain future after she told Ipswich Youth Court she could no longer look after him and “needed space”.

After pleading guilty to assault by beating at an earlier hearing the 14-year-old, who gave an address in the Whitton area of Ipswich, appeared, with his mother, at Ipswich Youth Court on Tuesday .


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Prosecuting solicitor John Hardwick said his 16 year old sister had been left in charge of the family on the morning of the incident.

Mr Hardwick said: “She was trying to get him to get up and go to school. At 8.40am she went up to his room again and pushed the door open.”

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The court heard the boy responded with foul language and quickly became violent.

Mr Hardwick said: “He closed the door in her face and she pushed it back. He shoved her on the right shoulder and her left shoulder hit the door. He showed no remorse. He was very aggressive. There were no visible injuries to his sister.”

Defence solicitor Dino Barricella said his client was involved in simple sibling argument that happens all over the country.

He added: “In another era this would not have ended up in court. His sister is in the court building and he has apologised to her. In the cold light of day he is remorseful. He wants to put this saga behind him.”

The court heard there had been a long history of problems within the family relationships.

The boy's mum, who sat next to him as he appeared in court, said her son was verbally abusive to his sister, and other siblings. She said she would not take him back to live at her address for the time being.

Chairman of the bench Diana Hunt remanded the boy into local authority care while pre-sentence reports are compiled.

The 14-year-old is due to appear at the Youth Court for sentencing on August 7.

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