A TEENAGER has received a conditional discharge after hitting his mother in the arm in an argument.
Craig Gradidge, 18, of Wheelwright Close, Rougham, pleaded guilty to assault by beating at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Prosecuting, Nikki Miller said that on February 14 Gradidge and his mother, Mandy Sheddon, began arguing after she asked him to get some boxes out for her.
She said Gradidge had told her to ‘get lost’ and went up to his room.
His mother followed him where they continued arguing.
Mrs Miller said Gradidge then grabbed his mother by the arms and started to punch her in her left arm – he then pushed her and she fell down, hurting her hip.
Mrs Sheddon went to the police station to report that her son had assaulted her, hoping they would get him help for his anger.
But Mrs Sheddon did not want to press charges and it was only because her son made a full and frank admission while being interviewed that the assault charge was brought to court.
In mitigation, Claire Lockwood said that Gradidge had been enrolled in the Connections anger management course and that the incident had given the pair the opportunity to talk.
Miss Lockwood said that Gradidge had a younger brother who was disabled and that this had caused unaddressed issues between him and his mother.
She said: “I would say that this is quite a sad case. He should be given credit for being very open to police officers.
“He has a younger brother who is disabled who takes up a lot of his mother’s time.
“They have now had the opportunity to speak through some of these issues.
“The experience of being arrested was an experience he did not relish,” she added.
Miss Lockwood said Gradidge was currently completing a science diploma and wanted to be a paramedic in the future.
Gradidge received a 12 month conditional discharge and was made to pay £20 court costs.
Sentencing him, presiding Magistrate Marian de Bass said: “You continue the course and keep out of trouble.
“And just remember – mums are important.”