Thursday, 11 February 2016

Barrow thug, 33, pinned mother against radiator in Kendal

AFTER assaulting his mum, swiping at a police officer with a plank of wood and threatening a cleaner with his own sweeping brush, a repeat offender has moved to Barrow in a bid to sort his life out.

Shaun Davis, of Egerton Court, Barrow, appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday to be sentenced for the offences of assault by beating, possessing an offensive weapon and common assault.

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to all three charges last month.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, told the court the offences happened in Kendal while Davis was living with his grandmother.

The first two happened on March 18 when the defendant and his mum, Dorothy Davis, got into an argument.

Davis ended up pinning his mother up against a radiator before leaving his grandmother’s home.

Police found him outside, brandishing a large plank of wood, which was part of a banister.

He then tried to run away but, after he was caught, tried to hit the officer with the plank.

The third offence happened on May 8 at Davis’ GP practice in Kendal.The court heard James Clarkson, a cleaner at the surgery, was a friend of Davis’ girlfriend’s ex boyfriend, and the two men knew each other by sight.

Mr Clarkson was at work when he heard someone say “oi”, and became aware of someone stood uncomfortably close behind him smelling of alcohol. Mrs Hine said: “He was intimidated and scared and said his legs went like jelly.”

Davis put his hand in front of Mr Clarkson’s face, swore and told him he was going to kill him. He then grabbed hold of the cleaner’s brush and told him he was going to knock him out.

Miss Jackie Partington, defending, said all Davis’ offences happened at a time when he had a problem with alcohol.

She said Davis’ mother admitted going round to where he was living, and provoking him – pushing him, grabbing his T-shirt and calling him “an absolute disgrace”.
Of the incident with the police, she said, he had not approached the officer with the plank of wood, having in fact run away. He was so drunk he had been unable to make contact when swinging the weapon.

Of the incident in the medical practice, Miss Partington said, Davis said Mr Clarkson had called him an offensive name.

He had deliberately moved away from “old associates” in Kendal to start a new life in Barrow, she added.

Davis was sentenced to 84 days in prison, suspended for 12 months. He was ordered to pay £100 compensation to his mother, £100 to Mr Clarkson and £100 court costs.

Presiding magistrate, Dr Raj Rathi, said: “You have escaped an immediate custodial sentence by a whisker.”


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