Man in court for attacking mother

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A MAN has received a 12-week suspended prison sentence for beating up his mother in a ‘frightening’ attack.

Patrick Tester, 34, of Ipswich Road, Stowmarket, was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty on April 4 at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court to criminal damage and assault by beating.

The court heard that on March 26 Tester got into an argument with his mother, Zoe Elliot, at her home in Stowmarket about wanting to telephone her partner.

When she said no, he lashed out punching a wall and two doors causing damage and attacked his mother, grabbing her by the hair and dragging her across the room, said Nikki Miller, prosecuting.

She broke free and managed to shout for help from an upstairs window. Two men walking nearby heard her screams and flagged down a police car who went to investigate the property, said Ms Miller

Tester was arrested and was still ‘ranting and raving’ and calling his mother names in the back of the police car.

“He pulled her away from the window by her hair and pulled her to the floor. He then kicked her in the ribs. He then pulled her across the room and she hit her head on the sofa,” said Ms Miller.

Mrs Elliot was left with a bump on the back of her head, sore ribs and a cut on her nose.In mitigation, Declan Gallagher said Tester gave an early guilty plea.

Sentencing Tester, District Judge Celia Dawson said: “This was a prolonged attack on your mother. I have seen the pictures, your mother is quite a slim and small woman and she must have been absolutely terrified by it. It must have been a very frightening experience for her.”

Judge Dawson sentenced Tester to a 12-week sentence, suspended for 18 months, a one-year supervision order and a six-month alcohol treatment requirement. He was also told to pay £200 in compensation to his mother.