To fight off son attack

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - ALEX HIB­BERT

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.

●● Paul Goodrum

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