Man blames lack of sleep for foul mouth rant at primary school children

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A man who shouted and swore within earshot of children preparing for their sports day blamed sleep deprivation for his outburst.

John Edward Walden, 48, of St Thomas Drive, Boston, appeared before Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday pleading guilty to using abusive or insulting words or behaviour causing harassment.

Prosecutor Jim Clare read a statement from St George’s Prep School teaching assistant Alison Barnes which said that on July 4 she was in the school sports field.

She said: “We were doing training for the school sports day practice, there were about 30-35 children.They were in very high spirits, cheering on their respective teams.”

She said she then became aware of a voice behind her. She said Walden swore out of the window and said: “This is it, I’m going to kick off.”

They were then taken inside the independent primary school for safety.

Head teacher Sarah Whelan also made a statement saying there were threats towards her husband Mark.

Defending. John Storer said Walden accepted he was in his house at the time shouting from a window, and put it down to sleep deprivation.

He said he had recently started a night job after a period of unemployment – and he had given up work previously due to noise from the school.

“On this occasion he was very tired, he tried to get back to sleep and couldn’t because of the noise,” said Mr Storer.

Walden later revealed he was due to move.

Chair of magistrates David Milner-Scudder said there were clearly ‘anger management and other issues’ to be addressed. He gave him a 10 week community order and 10 week curfew and ordered him to pay £85 costs.