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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 July 2007, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
Chucklevision row teacher cleared
Jonathan Burrett
Jonathan Burrett had been a teacher for five years
A supply teacher has been cleared of hitting a 13-year-old boy who teased him about looking like a character from the Chuckle Brothers' TV show.

Jonathan Burrett, 41, from Newport, had denied attacking the boy after he sung the Chucklevision theme tune in class.

Mr Burrett told Cardiff Crown Court he was used to being compared to Barry Chuckle but it had not been a problem.

The jury took less than an hour to find the married father-of-one not guilty of assault causing actual bodily harm.

I did have a large moustache at the time. I expect to somebody of limited intelligence I would look like Barry from Chucklevision
Jonathan Burrett

Speaking after the case, Mr Burrett said: "There's a concern amongst many teachers that when they use lawful restraints upon unruly pupils it could result in them being charged with a criminal offence.

"I'm obviously very pleased that this is over and as I'm walking out of that door with my clean character completely intact I'm looking forward to telling my wife and daughter."

The court had previously heard that the boy had been singing or humming the theme tune to Chucklevision during a sewing lesson at the comprehensive school in Torfaen where Mr Burrett was on a three-day placement.

The Chuckle Brothers (Paul and Barry Elliot)
Mr Burrett said he was used to being compared to Barry Chuckle

Mr Burrett was alleged to have asked the boy to stop singing before hitting him four times to the back and grabbing him by the shirt.

However, Mr Burrett maintained that he had patted the boy in a "friendly and gentle way".

He had told the jury he had spoken "quietly", put his hand on the boy's shoulder and his chair, to try to place it on the floor because he had been tilting back on it.

Mr Burrett had also denied being angered by the Chuckle Brother jibe, explaining that other children had previously made the same comparison but he would defuse the situation with humour.

He told the court: "I did have a large moustache at the time. I expect to somebody of limited intelligence I would look like Barry from Chucklevision."

The boy had become "extremely rude and aggressive", Mr Burrett told the jury, and had started swearing at him and swinging out with his arms, hitting the teacher in the groin area.

Speaking after the case, Mr Burrett said he was "very pleased" the ordeal was over, adding: "I'm walking out of the door with my clean character completely intact."

Mr Burrett, who has not taught since the incident last July, was unsure when he would return to teaching but said he hoped to "give it another go."


SEE ALSO
'No anger' at Chucklevision jibe
18 Jul 07 |  South East Wales
Boy 'hit for Chucklevision song'
17 Jul 07 |  South East Wales



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