Saltney man banned from seeing mum for five years


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN who grabbed his mother by the throat and threw her to the floor has been banned from seeing her for five years.

She claimed she had been bullied and attacked by him and feared that her son would kill her.

It was described as a tragic case in court because of the breakdown of the relationship between them.

Leigh Jason May, 21, admitted assaulting his mother by grabbing her by the throat and throwing her to the floor. He admitted breaking her mobile phone and possessing a prohibited weapon, a CS gas canister found in his bedroom.

May claimed he had received threats over a £7,000 drugs debt, including an incident when a gun was put inside his mouth.

He bought the CS gas for protection, he said, but his mum had hidden it.

At Flintshire Magistrates Court he received a 20-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and he was placed on supervision.

District Judge Andrew Shaw made a five year restraining order under which he is not to approach his mother, Susan Pamela May, or enter the road where she lives.

He warned any new offence, including possessing cannabis, would put him in breach of the suspended sentence and lead to immediate imprisonment.

Judge Shaw said the assault on his mother was unpleasant and demeaning when he was already subject to a community order.

“I had expected to be sending you to prison straight away today,” the judge told him.

But he took into account the significant changes he had made to his lifestyle since the offences.

May, of High Street, Saltney, told the judge: “You will never see me here again, I promise you that.”

Justin Espie, prosecuting, said police were called to the mother’s home in George Kenyon Mews, Saltney, on May 20 to reports of a disturbance. The mother had visible injuries and her phone was broken. There had been an argument after she refused to allow him to use her mobile phone as she feared it was to get drugs.

She asked him and a friend to leave and then went to a shop but it was claimed he followed her and was spitting in her direction.

Later when back home he was abusive to her, pushed her a couple of times and then grabbed her by the throat. She was thrown to the floor and hurt her hand as she fell.

In a victim impact statement she told how her son “really scared her”, accused him of bullying her and taking advantage of her and she believed that he needed help with mental health issues.

His problem revolved around drugs, alcohol and money and he became angry and aggressive. She claimed he was aggressive towards her from the age of 13 and feared he would “come back and kill me”.

The mother wanted a restraining order to “to prevent him from coming near me”.

Damian Sabino, defending, said it was tragic the mother and son relationship had broken down.

He said May had behaviour difficulties since the age of 18, life at home had not been good and there had been difficulties between him and his mother and his mother’s partners.

May had struggled to come to terms with what he did and to accept responsibility for his actions.

There had been “a personality clash”, but he accepted he would not be able to see his mother for some time.

His life had changed and he had a positive relationship with his partner and her family.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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