Intoxicated man repeatedly kicked mother’s partner


Staff reporter

A MAN from Wrexham was so drunk he could not remember assaulting his mother’s partner.

The attack included pushing his head towards a wood burner, burning his face and then pouring cider over him after he had been repeatedly kicked.

Robert Mark Atkinson, 39, of Johnson Street, Ponciau, admitted assaulting Karl Jones occasioning him actual bodily harm which put him in breach of a previous suspended sentence.

Judge Philip Hughes jailed him for 22 months for the assault with two months being activated from the previous suspended sentence, making two years in total.

Mold Crown Court heard Atkinson lunged at Mr Jones after he had been challenged about changing a television programme his mother was watching.

Atkinson punched him a number of times and shouted that he was going to kill him, said prosecutor Caroline Harris.

The victim curled up in a ball and pleaded with him to stop but he was punched to the head again and he fell between the sofa and the arm chair.

But Atkinson pulled him out and punched him, threw a glass vase at him and was said to be completely out of control with his eyes bulging.

He kicked him, dragged him out from between the furniture and placed his head close to a log burner, causing a burn to his face. The victim feared Atkinson was going to push his head into the log burner.

In a final act of humiliation, he poured a bottle of cider over him.

Miss Harris said the victim ended up with injuries including a burn mark to the forehead. He had lacerations to the chin, bruising and tenderness to the eyes and nose, pain to his chest and it hurt when he was breathing.

At the time Atkinson was on a suspended prison sentence for assaulting another member of his family.

Defending, John Hedgecoe said Atkinson, who had lived in his mother’s garage for some years, remembered little if anything about the incident.

He had consumed two litres of cider and had been using amphetamine on an almost weekly basis.

It was a classic case that when he was sober he was well groomed and polite, intelligent and quite a different person.

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