British teacher accused of trying to kill pupil

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A British teacher went on trial Monday accused of attempting to murder one of his students by hitting him with a dumbbell while shouting: "Die, die, die".

Peter Harvey, 50, is accused of attacking a 14-year-old boy at a school in Mansfield, central England, after chasing him around the classroom when he started misbehaving in a lesson.

Prosecutor Stuart Rafferty told Nottingham Crown Court that Harvey started chasing the boy -- who cannot be named -- around the room after he waved about a bunsen burner stand, but that the boy simply swore back at him.

"That seems to have lit the blue touch paper because Mr. Harvey grabbed him by his collar and started dragging him out of the classroom," Rafferty said.

"He threw him to the ground and armed himself with a three kilogram (6.6 pound) dumbbell and began to hit the boy about the head with it. He struck at least two blows to the head which caused serious injury, really serious injury.

"At the time the blows were being struck Mr. Harvey was only heard to say one thing. What he was saying was 'die, die, die'."

Another student rushed to pull Harvey away from the boy, who was left with a fractured right temple bone and severe cuts to his head, the court heard.

Harvey has admitted one count of grievous bodily harm without intent but denies a charge of attempted murder and an alternative charge of grievous bodily harm with intent to cause serious injury.

© 2010 AFP

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