Thug headbutted his own mum in street

Derek Bell
Derek Bell

A THUG headbutted his own mum when they met for the first time in four years as she approached him expecting a hug.

Violent Derek Bell, 23, crashed his forehead into his mum Julia Anne Bell’s nose without warning when they crossed paths in Sandringham Road, Hartlepool.

Justices at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court were so disturbed by Bell’s behaviour that they ordered a report to be written by the Probation Service about his lifestyle.

They asked for the most in depth of studies and were told it would take three weeks, meaning Bell will be sentenced at the town’s domestic violence court in the new year.

Joanne Hesse, prosecuting, said: “They had not been in touch for four years and the defendant had in the past been violent towards her.

“She found out he is going to be a father and was hoping to sort out their differences.

“She was walking home one night after being out drinking and saw the defendant. She thought he was going to hug her but he headbutted her, striking her on the nose and causing immediate pain.”

Ms Hesse added that there will be an application for court costs and compensation for Julia Anne Bell.

Shaven-headed Bell, of Christopher Street, Hartlepool, represented himself in court as he admitted assault by beating on December 10 near to the junction with Brook Street.

When asked by the court clerk why he carried out the attack and if he had anything to say, he bluntly replied: “No, nothing. That’s it really.”

Stephen Hall, chairman of the magistrates bench, told Bell: “It is a worrying incident and we need to know more about what happened and about you. We are going to ask for a pre-sentence report and that you engage with that.

“It seems you accept what you have done is wrong, but we need to know the circumstances. It will also be a chance for you to tell your side of the story.”

Bell was granted unconditional bail until he is sentenced on January 19.