Institute staff member dragged teen to cell

A former member of staff at a young offenders' institute has been given a 40-week suspended prison sentence after he admitted dragging a teenage boy across the floor.

Neil Hanna, aged 27, was employed as a team leader at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre near Daventry in September 2008 when he was sent outside to bring a group of teenagers back into the cell block.

Northampton Crown Court heard Hanna became involved in a confrontation with a 13-year-old boy who spat at him.

Matthew Lowe, prosecuting, said Hanna, of Troughton Crescent, Coventry, then grabbed the teenager and dragged him along the tarmac entrance to the accommodation and pulled him up a flight of stairs and put him into his cell.

Mr Lowe said: "The boy had abrasions on his right buttock which were described as severe by a member of the medical staff who looked at his injuries."

Ben Gow, defending, said the incident was completely out of character and said Hanna had been a highly respected member of staff.

Judge Richard Bray said that despite the provocation there was "no excuse" for Hanna's violent behaviour. For the charge of actual bodily harm, Hanna was given a 40-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay 100 costs.