Councillor assaulted son after family row
ACOUNCILLOR has been ordered to do unpaid work after attacking her son.
Tracey Lorde, 45, who sits on Poynton town council, assaulted her 18-year-old son before smashing his personal belongings after a family row.
Hairdresser Lorde, of London Road South, Poynton, admitted assault by beating and criminal damage at Macclesfield Magistrates Court.
She was ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.
The court heard that Lorde is being treated for alcoholism. Debbie Byrne, prosecuting, said: “The complainant said there had been a history of verbal altercations but that his mother was never violent.
“On December 7 he had told his mother he had got a new job and was moving out. The defendant became verbally abusive and hit him on the back of the head with an open hand. She then followed him upstairs to his room and smashed a mirror, before trying to rip the TV off the wall. At 6.20pm [the victim] called police to report his mother was drunk and damaging his property.
“When police arrived they found Lorde to be verbally abusive and aggressive towards her son. She attempted to hit him but missed.”
The court heard that Lorde had recently returned home after a hospital detox to treat her alcoholism.
Mrs Byrne said: “The defendant told police that she had bought some presents for her son as a treat. She says he told her that he wouldn’t thank her for the presents. She consumed a bottle of wine and they began to argue. She told police she was devastated by her actions.”
Jenny Fields, defending, said Lorde has personal problems, adding: “She is struggling but trying to get help.”
Sentencing, chair of the bench of magistrates, Denise Rankin, said: “This was a most unfortunate situation. Your son should be able to look to you for support and protection not as someone who could assault him and be verbally aggressive.”
Lorde runs a hair salon on School Lane, Poynton.
She is a Conservative councillor who was elected in May to represent Poynton West ward.
In September Lorde admitted driving while three times the limit with her children in the car.
Magistrates banned Lorde from driving for 26 months. She was also given a 12-month community order with 80 hours unpaid work.
●● Poynton town councillor Tracey Lorde