A MAN high on drugs who beat up his frail grandmother twice in three days, leaving her in hospital, has been jailed.
Scott Parker punched 79-year-old Theresa Wall in the face on New Year’s Day while on Valium, then kicked her in the ribs on January 4 during a row over a mobile phone charger, a court heard.
Parker, 33, grabbed a phone from her hand as she tried to call police on January 4 and told her: “I’ll be so glad when you are six-foot under”, Newport Crown Court heard.
Parker was in his own words “off his head” having swallowed up to 30 valium tablets before the first attack and up to 20 in the lead-up to the second assault, prosecutor Jason Howells said.
Mrs Wall was left with a one-inch wound on her chest, a lump on her face and grazed arms in the wake of the “shameful” attacks at her home in Maesglas Road, Newport. The wheelchair user had to stay at Royal Gwent Hospital following the second attack and has been confined to sitting or lying on her bed, Mr Howells told the court.
The “frail” and “vulnerable” woman had put him up at her home to help him with his substance misuse problems, the court was told. Parker had used heroin, cannabis and valium and was also prescribed the substitute drug methadone, the court heard.
His grandmother was one of the people who had tried to bring him up together with his grandfather, Mr Howells said. Parker punched Mrs Wall on New Year’s Day then attacked again her after she momentarily refused to let him get his phone charger on January 4.
He pleaded guilty to one count of common assault on January 1 as well as one count of wounding and a further charge of criminal damage on January 4. Judge Robert Craven gave him 28 months for the January 4 attack, a further two months for the New Year’s Day assault and no separate penalty for the criminal damage, totalling 30 months.
His barrister, Ben Waters, said the attacks were “deplorable” and “shameful” behaviour but stressed that he had been remorseful for his actions.
Mr Waters added that his client was now off methadone and attends an anger management course. and was seeking to address his behaviour through an anger management course
Judge Craven also imposed a restraining order preventing him from contacting his grandmother or going near her home until a further order is imposed and ordered him to pay a £120 victim surcharge.