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Kieran Heakin, the Christian teacher who liked to lash little boys backsides gets a kicking

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Kieran Heakin, the Christian teacher who liked to lash little boys backsides gets a kicking

Post by kangdang on 22.04.10 18:36

D’you remember me? Headmaster savagely beaten by ex-pupil who harboured a 20-year grudge over caning
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Last updated at 8:32 AM on 22nd April 2010

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Vicious attack: Kieran Heakin had to have four metal plates put in his skull
A headmaster has been left deaf and scarred for life by a former pupil who harboured a 20-year grudge for being caned as a child.

Kieran Heakin, 58, suffered horrendous facial injuries when he was attacked in an Indian restaurant.

Former pupil Jermaine Bullen, 26, approached him and said: ‘Do you remember me? You beat me when I was six years old and I have been waiting all these years to meet up with you.’

Bullen, a labourer, then launched his attack in the restaurant, punching and kicking the headmaster to the ground. He bore a grudge against Mr Heakin for two decades after he was thrashed by the teacher for misbehaving in school.

Yesterday Bullen was jailed for three years after he pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm. The attack came during a chance encounter after he spotted Mr Heakin waiting for a takeaway curry at the Kabana in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, with two fellow heads.

Mr Heakin, the headmaster of St John’s RC Primary, in Burnley, suffered a broken nose, a broken cheekbone and ribs, a fractured eye socket and a broken jaw. His wife Angela, 57, said her husband was ‘unrecognisable’ and admitted she and their children Rebecca, 36, Damien, 31, and Edward, 22, had been left reeling by the unprovoked attack and the extent of his injuries.

The former mayor of Whitworth, near Rochdale, who has taught for 34 years, spent two weeks in hospital and two months recuperating at home.

He had to have four metal plates put into his skull and is now permanently deaf in one ear and has no sense of smell and taste.

Grudge: The attack has left Mr Heakin, left, deaf. Jermaine Bullen has been jailed for three years

But Mr Heakin - a committed Christian - said: ‘In spite of my injuries I have forgiven Jermaine and I don’t want any revenge.

‘He lost his self control for a moment and will pay for that for many years to come.

‘I remember him as an infant but I have not seen him for 19 years.

‘He was expelled from schools many times. I don’t like to dwell on the incident or the after-effects. As a committed Christian I have decided to forgive him. That is my job - I spend a lot of time telling children about forgiveness.’

Earlier Bolton Crown Court heard how Bullen confronted Mr Heakin, saying: ‘You will remember me and you will remember my father - you used to bully me at school.’

Bullen, who was arrested the following day after fleeing the scene, has a string of offences on his record including affray, GBH and drugs charges.

David Farley, defending, said: ‘When the assault was happening, he says all he could do was picture himself at that age and he lost control.’

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HLM’s note -

I don’t approve of Bullen’s actions, but i can understand why he behaved the way he did. I was subjected to 4 years of intense bullying from a duo of bastard teachers – Helps and Gaunt, i’ve not forgotten you - it is not pleasant, the cut went deep and it scarred, you feel like a worthless piece of shit…believe me.

I find myself wondering what would motivate a committed christian, a husband, a father and person whom holds a trusted position to cruely lash a 6 year old boys bottom with a cane. I read many stories and books about such men who harbour similar thoughts, many are sat in gaol or on the sex offenders list.

I also wonder how supportive his wife might have been had he done the same to her children, or how understanding and accepting if another committed christian teacher had lashed her childrens bottoms.

The headline of this story could have read -

D’you remember me? Abused pupil who was left scarred for life, beats up his sadistic ex-Headmaster who liked to cane 6 year old boys bottoms.

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