Rossett man attacked stepfather while undergoing seizure

Published date: 06 February 2014 |
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A MAN punched his stepfather repeatedly in the head after suffering a seizure.

Royston Matthias, of Darland View, Rossett, rang 999 and told North Wales Police he had pushed back and hit in the head an unknown male who had entered his house.

While Matthias, 43, attended Wrexham police station, his stepfather Eric Evans, 71, was admitted to Wrexham Maelor Hospital with head injuries.

North Wales Police control room was informed and Matthias was arrested for assault.

In a hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court yesterday, Matthias changed his earlier ‘not guilty’ plea and admitted assaulting Mr Evans last October.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, told the court Matthias had been drinking since about 10am on October 1 and had consumed “four or five” cans of lager.

Matthias and Mr Evans were watching television together with the defendant lying on the sofa when Matthias fell off the sofa and started “frothing at the mouth”.

Concerned for his stepson, Mr Evans helped Matthias back onto the sofa and went to call for an ambulance.

He then felt a punch to the side of the head, followed by “three or four” more blows.

Mr Evans hit his head on a door frame during the attack, causing a four centimetre cut.

Matthias left the flat as Mr Evans went to get a towel for the cut.

In the 999 call to the ambulance service, Mr Evans was heard to cry out “he is hitting me” before the call cut out.

Euros Jones, defending, described the incident as “most unusual”.

He said Matthias had a good relationship with his stepfather and had not recognised him, instead thinking there was an intruder in his home.

Mr Jones added Matthias was “devestated” to find out he had attacked his stepfather but he had no recollection of the event.

Jerry O’Keefe, chairman of the magistrates, sentenced Matthias to an 18-month community order with a supervision requirement.

Matthias was also ordered to pay £50 compensation to Mr Evans, as well as a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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