To fight off son attack
AVIOLENT son battling depression attacked his father after returning from a night out, a court heard.
Paul Stuart Goodrum, of Westbury Drive, Macclesfield, repeatedly punched his parent in an unprovoked onslaught, a hearing was told.
The attack only stopped when 36-year-old Goodrum was taken to hospital after his dad hit him with a rolling pin his parents kept in their bedroom to ‘defend themselves’ due to his violent tendencies, magistrates were told.
Goodrum admitted assault at a court hearing in January and was kept in custody for more than a fortnight for ‘the wellbeing of his parents’, a hearing heard.
At a sentencing hearing at Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (February 12), the bench heard that Goodrum had attacked his father on a number of occasions before the bedroom assault.
The court heard on the night of the incident his parents had gone looking for Goodrum after he went out drinking to try to get him to come home.
But when they caught up with him he had been abusive to them, and later returned of his own accord. Debbie Byrne, prosecuting, said that after arriving home the defendant started kicking the bedroom door. She added: “His father told him not to. Paul Goodrum followed his father into his bedroom, got on top of him and started punching him repeatedly on the left side of his body and stomach.
“The defendant’s mother called 999. She said she her son was covered in blood because his father had hit him with a rolling pin while trying to defend himself.
“The police attended and found Paul Goodrum standing at the side of the building in his underpants shouting and swearing and banging on the garage door.
“In interview Paul Goodrum said that he had drunk five pints of Guinness and couldn’t remember the assault. His parents didn’t want to go forward with the complaint.”
Jenny Field, defending Goodrum, told the court that her client was battling mental health difficulties.
She said: “His parents have only had sleepless nights about the fact their son was in prison.
“They are not scared of him or living in fear. He has struggled for many years with depression.”
Goodrum was given a 12 month community order with a supervision requirement by magistrates. He was also told he must pay £85 costs.
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