What the were u thinking shaz

A man is accused of mistreating a child – by breaking wind in his face.

Roofer Shaz Hussain denied the prank but said he had once farted in front of the boy’s face accidentally, which he claimed had been ‘funny’.

Prosecutor Paul Abrahams told Teesside Crown Court that if the incident had taken place in a rugby club after the victim had drank 10 pints it might have been dismissed as horseplay.

But in Hussain case it amounted to cruelty. The charge Hussain faces states: “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.The charge was brought contrary to section 1(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933.

Hussain faces three other charges: that he punched the boy on the arm and sucked his eye whilst “play fighting” and that he held a pillow over the face of another child, which he also put down to “playing.”

Mr Abrahams told the jury that Hussain’s acts had been “cruel and bullying.”

Describing the alleged dirty prank, he said the boy, who is under 16 and cannot be identified, had been lying down when Hussain approached him.
McKenzie denied to police he had done either of those acts, describing the actions as “disgusting and disgraceful” and something he would not do.

He denies all four charges and the trial continues.