South Yorkshire man brandished knife ‘after attack by bullies’

Helen Tindall mother of Jack Crowther.
Helen Tindall mother of Jack Crowther.

The mother of a man with learning difficulties who escaped a jail sentence after brandishing a knife in public has blasted the authorities - claiming her son was defending himself against bullies.

Jack Crowther, aged 19, was handed a six-month suspended jail term and a 12-month supervision order at Sheffield Crown Court after admitting affray and possessing a blade during a party at his home.

Trouble broke out after one of the partygoers made a false allegation against him and Crowther was ‘badly attacked’, the court heard.

After the hearing his mum Helen Tindall said she was angry that action had not been taken against anyone else.

She said she had complained to the Crown Prosecution Service and South Yorkshire Police’s professional standards department, and intends to take legal action against both.

“Other people have committed offences and got away with it,” she claimed.

The court heard catering student Crowther, who has an IQ of 67 and suffers from cystic fibrosis, was bullied regularly.

Recorder Simon Hirst said the group had been drinking heavily when an argument broke out and Crowther, of Angel Street, Bolton-Upon-Dearne, Rotherham, brandished a knife in the street.

“People wrestled you to the ground and took the knife off you, then assaulted you while you were on the floor,” the judge said.

“Taking a knife outside is unacceptable in any circumstances.”

Senior district crown prosecutor Chris Hartley said: “We received a detailed file of evidence from South Yorkshire Police following their investigation.

“The evidence neither stated nor supported the suggestion Jack lashed out as a result of being bullied.

“Jack chose to plead guilty to both offences, clearly accepting he did not have a defence for his actions.”