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Dad ordered to pay compensation for hitting teenager
12:36pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A 47-year-old father who punched a teenager after he refused to stop swinging on his gate has been ordered to pay him compensation.
Nicholas Barker twice hit the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, after he turned up at his house in Aireside Avenue, Cononley, with two younger boys on January 4, Skipton magistrates heard on Friday.
The teenager was said to have suffered hearing problems after the assault and struggled with exams.
Barker, who had no previous convictions, originally denied assault, but changed his plea to guilty.
Sentencing had been adjourned for reports but because Barker had a medical condition it had not been possible. The court ordered him to pay £260 compensation.