A PRISON sentence hangs over a boozy Clowne dad who attacked his mother following a row.
Robert Harper became angry when he was refused entry to the Travellers Rest - a pub in the village from which he was already barred.
He later went to his mother Marion’s home and an argument led to him punching her in the face, Chesterfield magistrates were told.
“She grabbed his arm and told him to get out. He then grabbed her throat and pushed her against a wall,” said Helen Griffiths, prosecuting.
Mrs Harper, an asthma sufferer, believed she passed out and woke up on the floor with her son pushing down on her neck.
“She said she could hardly breathe. She managed to push him off and paramedics put her in a neck brace and took her to Chesterfield Royal Hospital. “An X-ray showed no broken bones but some internal bruising,” said Mrs Griffiths.
Harper, 21, told police he drank five pints of beer and was angry after being turned away from the pub.
“He had an argument with his mother because he didn’t think his child was his own. His mother - the child’s grandmother - took exception to this. He doesn’t remember hitting her but accepts he did it. He said he struggled with her before realising what he was doing and then he let go,” added Mrs Griffiths.
Harper, unemployed, of Westlea, Clowne, admitted assault on the 8th January. He had a previous conviction for a similar offence.
His solicitor, Jon Barber, said his mother was “a feisty lady” and the pair had a clash of personalities.
“It’s entirely wrong for him to assault her but she is not a delicate shrinking violet - she is able to look after herself,” said Mr Barber.
District Judge John Friel imposed a 10-week jail term but suspended it for 15 months. He said: “You only have one mother and, whether she is feisty or not, she doesn’t deserve this treatment. It was a nasty piece of violence.”