Boy 'Can't Remember' Teacher's Attack

The 14-year-old boy who was attacked by his science teacher has said that he can't remember the assault that left him with a fractured skull.

Peter Harvey, 50, is accused of the attempted murder of the teenager using a 3kg (6.6lbs) dumbbell at All Saints' Roman Catholic School, Mansfield.

A recorded police interview with the boy, who cannot be identified, was shown to Nottingham Crown Court.

He said the last thing he remembered was being dragged from the classroom.

The boy had been in trouble for disrupting classes nine times before he was attacked by the teacher.

Rex Tedd QC, defending, accused the boy of being a "leading light" behind trouble in the classroom on July 8 of last year.

The Court heard that the last thing the boy remembered was swearing at Harvey, who replied: "I'll teach you to f*** off."

A video of the interview the boy gave to police was shown to the court.

In it, the boy, now 15, is slumped on a sofa wearing blue jeans and a black hooded top. The left side of his face was swollen.

He said: "I can remember all the class being noisy and rowdy. They were all messing about and there was a girl messing with the blinds. He stamped at her and told her off.

"She swore at him and walked at him and then some other girls left the class because they felt scared.

"He said something to me and I swore at him. He said, 'I'll teach you' and swore at me. I can remember being dragged out of the classroom and into the corridor."

Mr Harvey denies attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent, but has admitted a charge of GBH.

The court previously heard he dragged the boy into another room and beat him with the dumbbell while shouting "die, die, die" in July 2009.


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