A teenager trashed his house and threatened to stab his dad after being served salad for dinner
Although I'm not a parent yet, the one thing I'm dreading the most during my eventual descent into fatherhood is the long period of stress, worry and rage that comes with having my very own teenager. New parents have to contend with sleepless nights, having a toddler is like taking care of a pocket-sized psychopath, but teenagers are a whole other world of pain.
They're moody, they're rebellious, and let's be honest - they smell a little bit, too. But I'm sure that while you weren't exactly the model child at that age, you probably didn't threaten to kill your parents at any point over dinner. Unless you're 19-year-old Callum Pooley, who threatened his father with a knife after being offered salad for dinner.
Hull Crown Court heard that the teenager was over at his mother's house, having been invited to dinner with his mother and sister. Then, things turned sour, as Pooley flew into a rage, as his mother reportedly "made the mistake of giving him a salad for his tea".
Howard Shaw, the prosecutor for the court case, then recounted the events that followed.
"Well, he took exception to that and turned abusive, turned violent, started punching the door, threw the salad, turned the table over, and was verbally abusive towards his mother. He was told to leave and did so."
From there, the court heard that Pooley's father was called, and once the teenager returned home, there was a suitcase full of his stuff waiting in the hands of his father, who was waiting on the doorstep. But that only seemed to upset Pooley, who claimed: "these aren't all my clothes", before kicking a recycling bin, and producing a fish-paring knife.
At that point, Pooley's sister tried to step between him and their father, but Pooley reportedly threatened to "stab his father in the head", before climbing into the back garden and cutting the washing line. Pooley later claimed that this was so he could "get a rope so he could hang himself".
Then, the police were called and was arrested. Pooley then admitted to being abusive to his mother in an interview, but the defending laywer Stephen Robinson said that there was no need for a restraining order, touching upon Pooley's issues growing up to Hull Crown Court.
"The defendant has been in touch with his family," said Robinson of the defendant Pooley. "They speak nearly every day and he has entered the property - ironically for his tea - without any problem whatsoever. The defendant would submit this [the restraining order] might get in the way of a tentative reconcilliation."
"He was bullied as a youngster, and rightly or wrongly he feels he didn't receive the support he needed. Whether that's right or not perhaps doesn't matter. It's something that's grown in the defendant's mind and led to difficulties which ultimately resulted in the offences on this occasion."
On this occasion, Pooley admitted to threatening behaviour and possession of a bladed article, and was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work and 30 days rehabilitation. He was warned, however, by the presiding judge that were he to appear in front of the court, he would be facing jail.