A MAN who was fed up with his door being knocked on Halloween placed a lit
firework between the buttocks of a teenager who had been targeting him.
Stephen Gregory also pulled down the 15-year-old prankster's trousers, caned
him a number of times, then handcuffed him to a washing line.
But his revenge attack landed him with a 14-month prison sentence.
Gregory, a 54-year-old lorry driver, admitted two counts of kidnap and two
assaults causing actual bodily harm on October 31 last year.
Judge Michael Cullum told him: "This is about a somewhat bizarre and
extreme example of horseplay. You behaved inappropriately to a youth who had
been knocking on your door causing you irritation.
"The fact you repeated what you may have seen as light-hearted
punishment makes it far more serious."
Derby Crown Court heard the victim had been playing "knock and
run" – tapping on the door of Gregory's home in Radford Road, Smalley, near Heanor, three
times that evening.
Julie Warburton, prosecuting, said the boy intended it as a joke but it
annoyed Gregory because it made his dog bark and meant he had to go to the
A teenager chased the boy and brought him back to the house, where Gregory
pulled his trousers down.
"He hit him with a cane on the bottom and thighs," said Miss
The boy managed to escape but he was then brought back to the house by the
teenager, who had him in a headlock.
His trousers were again pulled down and a lit banger was put between his
buttocks, making him believe he would be burnt. It was removed before it
exploded, said Miss Warburton.
She added: "He was then handcuffed by both wrists to a washing line and
had to stand on tip toes, although both his feet were still touching the
The boy was then struck with a riding crop across the legs and buttocks,
leaving marks 70 centimetres long. When he went home, his mother described him
as "shaking, crying, hysterical and gasping between breaths."
Quentin Robbins, for Gregory, said: "He has an awareness of the
humiliation that he caused that young man.
"This incident, these hours or minutes of madness, can't be explained
by Mr Gregory. He has brought shame upon himself."
He pointed out that Gregory had never been in trouble before and had got
work shortly after having a replacement knee fitted.
Mr Robbins added: "The fact is that this isolated incident is clearly
out of character. He is a man who will not trouble the courts again."
A youth court will deal with the teenager who brought the victim back to
Gregory's home. He admitted false imprisonment.
The judge ordered the destruction of the toy handcuffs, cane and riding
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