Man attacked parents in Red Lodge and faces ‘lengthy’ sentence - court told

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A man who attacked both his parents has been warned to expect a prison sentence of ‘some length.’

Nathan Gardner, 33, of Aster Close, Red Lodge, appeared today (Friday) at Ipswich Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to three offences which were all committed on August 26 at an address in Turnpike Road in the village.

Gardner admitted assaulting his father Michael Gardner, assaulting his mother Susan Gardner causing her actual bodily harm and causing damage to property.

The court heard that Mrs Gardner suffered a broken nose in the incident and had to be treated in hospital under general anaesthetic.

Prosecuting, Michael Crimp said the damage charge related to the front passenger window of a Mercedes car owned by Kevin Hawes.

Defending, Joanne Eley said Gardner was fully aware of the seriousness of the offences.

Miss Eley said: “He is deeply ashamed by his behaviour and appreciates that he is most likely to receive an immediate custodial sentence.”

Judge Rupert Overbury agreed to a request from Miss Eley for a psychiatric report to be prepared on Gardner.

The court heard that Gardner had 15 previous convictions for 28 separate offences.

Ordering the preparation of a pre sentence report by the Probation Service, Judge Overbury said the issue of whether Gardner should be classed as

dangerous would have to be addressed.

Gardner will now be sentenced in mid December. He will remain remanded in custody until his next court appearance.

In a statement Mrs Gardner had said she believed her son to be a ‘very dangerous person’ said Judge Overbury.

The judge told Gardner: “You have pleaded guilty to some very serious offences including assaulting your mother.

“With your background the likelihood is that that this will be a custodial sentence of some length.”