Wrexham woman gets suspended term for attack on mum

Published date: 24 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A DRUG addict who punched her mother repeatedly in the face over a family dispute has been given a suspended sentence.

Cerys Smith, 27, of Grosvenor Road, Wrexham, broke into her mother’s house on Victoria Road, Brynteg, in the early hours of the morning.

After an argument, she punched her three times to the head.

At a hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court, Smith was handed an 18 week prison sentence, suspended for 15 months.

Smith pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to assaulting Patricia Smith during the incident on the morning of November 30.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, told the court Smith was in an argument with her mother the afternoon before the incident.

Mrs Smith was woken by the sound of her daughter in the house at about 1.15 am and thought an intruder had got in.

After realising the “intruder” was her daughter, Mrs Smith got into another argument with her before the defendant went into the kitchen, saying she wanted to kill herself.

Smith then started throwing punches at her mother, hitting hear near the right eye and twice more on the top of the head.

Police officers attended and said the victim had a small cut above her right eye, adding Smith appeared very agitated but fully admitted the assault in an interview.
Mrs Smith said in a statement: “Cerys needs to stand on her own two feet.

“I don’t sleep very well and I am depressed as a result of what happened. All I seem to do is cry.

“When Cerys gets her life back on track I would like to see her welcomed back into the family.”

Gary Harvey, defending, said his client was “ashamed and remorseful” and added she was “hopeful of mediation” with her mother.

The court heard she had taken heroin prior to the original argument with her mother and had done so again before returning to break into the house.

He added: “There’s a lot of contributing factors in relation to this event.”

Chairman of magistrates Roy Dolan said the matter “passed the custody threshold”, but suspended the prison term.

Mr Dolan told Smith to pay £100 compensation, £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

In addition to the suspended sentence, Smith was handed a 15-month supervision order and a drug rehabilitation requirement order for the same length of time.

Mr Dolan said: “You need some help Miss Smith, that is clear.”

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