Court: head attacked pupil with fish

A school headmaster attacked an 11-year-old pupil with part of a dead fish after "completely losing it" in a school playground during morning break, it was alleged in court.

The boy had brought the fish head into school and had been chasing girls with it, magistrates in Norwich heard.

Headmaster David Watkins "shoved it down his throat" after the boy failed to put it in a bin as instructed, it was alleged.

Watkins, 51, of Old Catton, Norwich, denies assaulting the boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, in November 2002.

Prosecutor Joe Ghirardello said three other children had witnessed the incident and two members of staff had also given evidence for the prosecution.

"He got me in a tight headlock. I found it hard to breathe," the boy, now 12, told the court via a video link.

"He got the fish and he was putting it in my mouth. It was not very nice. It was not very nice at all.

"I gritted my teeth and it went through my teeth and into my mouth."

He added: "He shoved the fish down my throat."

The boy said he walked out of school after the attack, adding: "For all I knew he could have done it again so I got my bag and walked off."

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