A teenage boy had to be kept in hospital overnight for his blood sugar level to be monitored after he was stabbed in the stomach with an insulin pen.
Fortunately it remained stable, a judge heard before sentencing the lad’s assailant at Warwick Crown Court.
Jason Bale, 23, of Windsor Street, Rugby, was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months, with 12 months supervision, after pleading guilty to assault.
Prosecutor Iain Willis said that in September last year a 15-year-old boy was with a group of friends near an alleyway in Murray Road at around 8pm.
One of the girls in the group went into the alley, and some of her friends shouted to her – just as Bale was cycling past, and he thought they were shouting at him.
He went over to them and demanded to know what they had said; and became angry when one of them replied that he had not said anything.
The rest of the youngsters ran off, leaving the 15-year-old by himself with Bale, a diabetic, who pulled out an insulin pen.
“He pushed to top of it to expose the needle and stabbed [the boy] in the stomach with it,” said Mr Willis.
Seeing what had happened, a nearby shopkeeper called the police – and Bale was still there when officers arrived, as were some of the boy’s friends who had returned and were shouting about what Bale had done.
There was some concern for the boy and he was taken to hospital where he was detained overnight because it was feared he may have received a dose of insulin.
But fortunately his blood sugar level remained stable, said Mr Willis, who added that Bale had previous convictions for public order offences, robbery and having an offensive weapon, and in October was given a community order for common assault.
David Everett, defending, said: “This is a matter which he does not remember fully.
“What he remembers is that he had been drinking and was going home through an alleyway and heard some shouting and swearing which he believed was aimed at him.”
He pointed out that there had been a gap in Bale’s offending, but he had started drinking heavily again at a time when he had separated from his partner and was living at a pub where his mother worked.
“But the Recovery Partnership is helping him, and he is now rather more in control than he was.”
Judge Robert Orme told Bale: “You are making good progress on an order which was made a month after this offence, and I hope you continue to co-operate with the order.
“What you did was potentially very serious. If you had had insulin in that pen which had been injected into y*our victim, I would have had to deal with it as being very much more serious and you would have been going to custody.”