Deaf man from Wrexham threatened to hit dad with glass bottle

Published date: 12 December 2013 |
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A DEAF man pinned his father to the floor in front of a child.

Jonathon Hall, of Garner Road, Wrexham, admitted assaulting his father David Hal, at the parental home on Lansbury Grove, Southsea, before going to the fridge, taking out a glass bottle, and threatening to strike him with it.

During the attack, Hall, 23, told his mother: “I’m going to damage your TV and hit your husband.”

Communicating via a sign language expert, he pleaded guilty to assault by beating at a hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court yesterday and was handed a 12-month supervised community order. However, magistrates chairman Paul Galloway stopped short of issuing a restraining order.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, said Hall had split up with his former partner in Colchester, Essex.

Hall’s parents had taken a child out on the morning of July 1 and returned at midday to find Hall at the house, where he had been living for the past year. He was “clearly angry”.

The court was told Hall, who was deaf and had difficulty reading, had misinterpreted the contents of a letter.

He reacted angrily and told his mother, through sign language: “I’m going to damage your TV and hit your husband” before getting on top of his father and pinning him down –  in the presence of the child.

Mr Espie said the two men began wrestling on the floor before Hall got up, walked into the kitchen, took a glass bottle out of the fridge and signed to his mother: “I’m going to hit dad over the head with this.”.

Hall then went in search of his father but he had managed to get out of the house.

Mr Espie added the main aggravating feature of the assault was the presence of a child throughout.

Mark Davies, defending, said the incident was an “unfortunate one, hugely complicated by the language difficulties surrounding the defendant”.

Mr Davies asked the magistrates not to issue a restraining order on Hall attending his parents’ address as it was his only means of contact with them, given that he “cannot call, cannot text and cannot read”.

Mr Davies read out a letter from Hall’s mother which read: “We are a very close family and we want to support him in the future.

“He needs support and we want to be involved.”

He ordered Hall to pay court costs of £300 and a £60 victim surcharge.

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