Thug who attacked former headteacher jailed for drug dealing

Date published: 25 January 2021

A thug who left his former headteacher needing reconstructive surgery after glassing him has been jailed for drug dealing.

Jermaine Bullen, 37, was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment on Monday 25 January after appearing at Minshull Street Crown Court.

He had previously pleaded guilty to charges of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Bullen had previously served several years behind bars for an unprovoked attack after assaulting his former headteacher, Kieran Heakin in an Indian restaurant in 2009. He had received an indeterminate sentence for public protection in 2010.

Mr Heakin suffered serious facial injuries in the assault, which left him needing reconstructive surgery.

Formerly a headteacher at a school in Burnley and St John’s Catholic Primary School in Rochdale, Mr Heakin has been a Labour councillor in the Healey ward for Rochdale Borough Council since 2014. He has also served as mayor of Whitworth.



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