A MAN has admitted blowing cannabis smoke into a child’s face in a sick act of cruelty.
Austin Jobling has been warned he may be jailed over his behaviour involving the drug fumes, which he claims was not deliberate.
The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to two charges of cruelty to a person under 16, at Newcastle Crown Court this week.
At the same hearing, Amy Scott, 23, admitted three charges of cruelty to the same victim.
The pair had been due to stand trial after previously pleading not guilty.
Katherine Dunn, defending Jobling, said: “He accepts he was a heavy cannabis smoker.
“Smoke was blown towards the face of the child though that in itself was not a deliberate act.
“He is realistic and is fully expecting to receive a custodial sentence.”
Jobling, of Shakespeare Street, Southwick, who has previous convictions including drugs offences, was granted bail until the next hearing.
Scott, of Galashiels Square, Grindon, was also granted bail until they are both sentenced in July.
Judge Paul Sloan said: “All sentencing options remain open and that includes custody.”