|Man sentenced for stopping little boy in the street
A man has been sentenced after he stopped a little boy on a street and stopped him from getting away.
Simon John Woodcock (16/03/1969) of Warrington Lane, Wigan pleaded guilty to the detention of a child at an earlier hearing.
Today, Friday 19 February 2010, Woodcock was sentenced to a two-year community order, a two-year supervision order and 100 hours unpaid work.
At around 5.20pm on Saturday 8 August 2009, the three-year-old victim was playing outside a tattoo parlour on Wigan Lane, Wigan.
His mum was watching him from inside with her one-year-old daughter and his father was having a tattoo in the back room.
The baby began to cry so the boy's mother turned to pick her up, momentarily taking her eyes off her son.
When she turned back seconds later she looked for her son, but could not see him so she ran outside.
She saw Woodcock knelt down in front of her son, with his arm against the wall to stop him from walking away.
He was trying to put a cigarette in the boy's mouth then offered him a cigarette lighter, but then took it out of the boy's mouth saying it was naughty. Woodcock then took hold of the boy's arm.
The boy's mother shouted at Woodcock and took her son back into the shop. Woodcock said the boy was just going for go for a walk with him then shouted after her that she "shouldn't leave her rubbish in the street".
The victim's father walked in and heard this, asking Woodcock what he was doing to his son.
Woodcock replied stating "please don't kill me, please don't kill me" before the boy's father chased him off.
Woodcock ran into a pub and managed to get home and when police went to arrest him later, it was noted he had changed his clothes.
Detective Constable Barrie Murphy of Wigan CID said: "Woodcock approached a young boy in the shortest of moments when his mother wasn't looking.
"The panic set in as soon as his mother turned and saw her child wasn't there but then to find him outside with Woodcock, who was astonishingly trying to get a three-year-old boy to smoke a cigarette, then told his mother they were 'going for a walk'.
"This was a disturbing crime and it is only right he has had to face justice for his behaviour."