U.K. man on trial for child cruelty after farting in boy’s face

U.K. man on trial for child cruelty after farting in boy’s face
Gary McKenzie (Image via The Northern Echo)

Oh, the humanity!

Before getting down to the nitty-gritty details of the “crime,” I know you’re probably on tenterhooks about the child’s condition. I am pleased to be able to report that the “victim” is resting comfortably and expected to make a full recovery.

As for his abuser, Gary McKenzie, the future is less certain:

Prosecutor Paul Abrahams told Teesside Crown Court that if the incident had taken place in a rugby club after the victim had drunk ten pints it may have been dismissed as horseplay, but in McKenzie’s case it amounted to cruelty.

The charge McKenzie faces 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 [sic] to section 1(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933.” [Emphasis added]

This is not a spoof or a satire on the “snowflake” mentality that has corrupted college campuses here in the U.S. It’s an actual story from a genuine news source, The Northern Echo. McKenzie, 22, is quoted as telling the jury(!) at his trial, “I’d never hurt a kid.”

A roofer by trade, McKenzie claims his noxious emission occurred accidentally, but the child testified otherwise:

He pumped [broke wind]. 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 boy also sais he had seen McKenzie do a similar thing to another child:

He pulled his pants down and pumped right on their face.

I knew he had pumped because I heard the noise.

The article doesn’t reveal what kind of punishment might await the transgressor, though I assume it will not be subjecting him to a taste of his own medicine, which would obviously be crueler than death.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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