A man who harassed his ex-wife and threw a whisky bottle at his 74-year-old mother, hitting her in the head, has been given a 12- month community order.
David John Cotton, 49, of Sycamore Road, Stowupland, appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with criminal damage, assault by beating, two counts of harassment and for breaching a conditional discharge.
On February 18 last year, Cotton was given a restraining order not to contact his former wife after being convicted of assaulting her.
Prosecuting, Jane Foster said Cotton had turned up at Needham Market Middle School, where she worked as a cleaner, on November 20 last year. After telling him to go, Cotton was later found collapsed near a railway crossing and taken to his ex wife’s home at around 7.30pm by a good samaritan, breaching his restraining order again.
Mrs Foster said he was “drunk and dishevelled”.
The court heard how on March 7 this year, Cotton was staying with his mother and father in Stowupland.
He had recently been released from a detox programme at Ipswich Hospital.
In the evening, Mr and Mrs Cotton heard a loud thud coming from upstairs so went up to investigate.
They found Cotton on the floor, rocking back and forth.
At this point Cotton picked up a bottle of whisky and threw it at his mother, hitting her on the head with it.
He then picked up another item and thew it towards the window, smashing an ornament.
In mitigation, David Stewart said Cotton was an alcoholic and didn’t know what he was doing at the time.
Cotton received a 12-month community order with supervision and six months alcohol treatment. He was handed a restraining order not to go to his ex wife’s address or her place of work.