Brother smashed sister’s teeth with spoon in washing row

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

A petulant Burnley man caused £2,000 damage to his sister’s teeth when he threw a spoon at her in temper, Burnley Crown Court was told.

Harun Gul (20), of Escott Gardens, was irritated because there was washing in the house while he was having a meal and remonstrated with his mother. When his sister intervened on her mother’s behalf he became abusive to her and threw the spoon he was holding at her.

He did not give police any answers about the assault when he was arrested and had been due to stand trial on October 9th. His sister had been called as a witness but she did not give evidence after he changed his plea on the morning of the hearing.

The court was told Gul had a previous conviction for battery, against the same sister.

Sentencing, Judge Beverly Lunt ordered Gul to carry out 150 hours on unpaid work on a community order.

She told him: “It was in temper, and not for the first time.

“Stop behaving like a petulant child. You will have to make up to your sister and your mother in your own way.

“You have to behave like a man. You don’t throw things about, and you don’t throw things at your sister - some sort of a man you are.”

Judge Lunt said she was not making any order about the dental costs.

“He doesn’t work and relies on his father for money. If I made an order it would mean the family paying for him out of their own pockets.”