Wrexham man 'acted like an animal' when he attacked his mum

Published date: 27 December 2013 |
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A MAN high on drink and drugs acted like an animal when he attacked his mother, sliding a bread knife across her throat.

A court was told the attack by Ryan James Chesters “came out of nowhere”.

To make matters worse, Chesters, 23, was in breach of a court order by going to his mother’s home.

Chesters, of Hill Court, Hightown, Wrexham, admitted wounding his mother Amanda and breaching a non-molestation order not to approach her.

Evidence was called at Mold Crown Court because Chesters claimed he had been invited to her home and that the violence was during a drunken argument. He also claimed he had used the blunt edge of the knife rather than the serrated, cutting edge.

Judge Niclas Parry found he had used the cutting edge of the knife and he did not have his mother’s consent to be there.

Chesters was jailed for 27 months and an indefinite restraining order was made under which he is banned from approaching his mother or going within 50 metres of her home.

The court heard she had been left with two thin cuts to her neck and throat, a cut lip, and bruising to her legs and arms after she was punched and kicked during the incident at her home on October 15.

Judge Parry said it was a sustained attack on a vulnerable women in her own home.

“It was a prolonged incident involving repeated punching and kicking while she was on the floor,” he said.

But Chesters then produced a bread knife from the kitchen, which he used to cause injury.

“You treated her as an animal would,” Judge Parry told him.

The case was aggravated by his numerous previous convictions, including offences against his mother and offences involving knives.

Jayne La Grua, prosecuting, said Chesters initially denied being in the house and falsely claimed the injuries he had inflicted on his own mother had been caused by her father. That, she said, was a despicable lie.

In evidence, Mrs Chesters said she loved her son and blamed herself because all he had seen was alcohol abuse as he grew up.

But she said he burst into the house, demanded money, punched her and bounced her off the sofa and kicked her while she was on the floor.

He then got a bread knife from the kitchen and held it to her throat. “He was just wild,” she said.

Chesters said he accepted the evidence, describing it as the worst thing he had ever done, but insisted he had used the blunt edge of the knife.

Henry Hills, defending, said his client accepted it was a dreadful incident by anyone’s standards.

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