A WOMAN from Deeside who mixed alcohol with her new medication was ashamed she had assaulted her son, a court heard, particularly as he did so much for her.

Sharon Ann Morris, 46, of Glan Y Fferi, Garden City, admitted assaulting her son Sam Lefley on February 23.

But she did not recall all the details of what happened because she was so drunk.

Flintshire magistrates placed her on a 12 month community order with 20 days rehabilitation.

She was also sent on a six month alcohol treatment course and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 surcharge.

The Mold court heard Morris had drunk half a bottle of vodka and taken new medication for mental health issues at the same time.

Her solicitor, Phillip Lloyd Jones, said she was shocked and ashamed to have assaulted her own son, who did a lot for her and had tried to avoid alcohol since.

Her son had removed himself temporarily after the incident and it was hoped that there would be a reconciliation, he explained.

Prosecutor David Wylde said on the day her son was at home with friends when Morris returned home.

He was aware his mother had an alcohol problem and he asked her if she had been drinking? She said she had not.

He and his friends went into the kitchen but they could hear her crying in the lounge.

But there was an argument and she punched him to the face with a closed fist, followed by two lighter slaps with an open hand.

There had been previous incidents which he had not reported but he decided enough was enough and called the police.

Morris, the court heard, had a previous conviction in 2015 for driving with excess alcohol and dangerous driving for which she received a suspended prison sentence.

Probation officer Rachel Woodcock said Morris could not recall all the details about what happened because she was so intoxicated.

She did not recall threatening to get a knife, said Miss Woodcock.

She wanted to take full responsibility for her offending and knew her son would not lie.

Morris had financial difficulties, she had raised two children on her own, she had emotional trauma in her life and she had been using alcohol to mask issues, Miss Woodcock said.

She had clearly been failing to cope or deal with her emotional issues and she wished she could change what she had done.