Prankster’s face slashed in revenge for ‘tea bagging’ prank at Hartlepool party

Kieron Dowson
Kieron Dowson

A REVELLER flew into a rage and slashed the face of a party goer who subjected him to a crude prank as he slept on a sofa.

A REVELLER flew into a rage and slashed the face of a party goer who subjected him to a crude prank as he slept on a sofa.

Teesside Crown Court

Teesside Crown Court

Kieron Dowson, 20, attacked prankster Stuart Burton after he was shown mobile phone video of him waving his private parts in Dowson’s face in a lewd act called “tea bagging”.

Rachel Masters, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, said: “The defendant went to sleep. At that stage the complainant Stuart Burton began to what is called tea bag this defendant.”

Dowson flew into a rage when he woke up and found out about the humiliating act, which was videoed, and punched Mr Burton in the face.

A few minutes later he then slashed the victim with a craft knife.

Miss Masters added: “He stood up holding what appeared to be a craft knife, lunged at Mr Burton and slashed him to the face.

“He felt a sharp pain and left the address.”

He later went to hospital where he needed numerous stitches for a 4in-long cut along the line of his jaw.

“He obviously has a very visible scar,” added Miss Masters.

The court heard the victim had met Dowson and his brother at a house party on Christmas night and gone on to another party at Wynyard Mews where the attack happened.

Dowson had introduced him and his brother using false names and he was identified through Facebook, and he was later picked out in a police identity parade.

He admitted wounding with intent and was jailed for three years and nine months.

Jim Withyman, mitigating for Dowson, of Sandringham Road, Hartlepool, said: “The complainant had exposed himself and dangled his testicles in the defendant’s face while he was asleep. That was filmed and shown to the defendant afterwards.”

He added: “In drink he dealt with it completely wrongly and very badly and excessively.

“He was asleep when this incident started, he didn’t go looking for trouble.

“He has expressed some quite genuine and heartfelt regret for what he has done and a realisation that going out and getting drunk is going to land him in trouble and he doesn’t want to spend the rest of his life in and out of prison.”

Judge Howard Crowson said: “Your reaction was wholly wrong. It’s clear (the prank) could have been perceived as a sexual assault and your anger when you awoke might have been understandable if not excusable.

“There was a degree of provocation although you really ought to have cooled down after the first assault.”