Dad as­saulted man over ‘row with son’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRITTON

ADAD as­saulted a man af­ter track­ing him down over an ar­gu­ment he’d had with his son, a court heard.

Karl Cof­fey, 46, ap­proached Jor­dan Houghton in the street with an­other man and con­fronted him about’ an ar­gu­ment with his son’, the hear­ing was told.

The de­fen­dant, of Park­gate Road, Mac­cles­field, told Mr Houghton to go down a nearby al­ley­way and struck him on the head be­fore fol­low­ing him into the prop­erty where he was liv­ing and bang­ing on the door as the vic­tim hid in the bath­room. The vic­tim’s state­ment, read in court, said he was very scared dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Prose­cut­ing, Kate Gaskell said: “It was an un­pleas­ant in­ci­dent in which he was as­saulted for no rea­son.

“The de­fen­dant has en­tered a guilty on a ba­sis. He said that he tapped him lightly across the head and that he didn’t threaten him, but he wanted to speak to him about the in­ci­dent with his son. But the crown says it was a de­lib­er­ate slap to back of the head. Jor­dan Houghton was liv­ing in shared ac­com­mo­da­tion with four oth­ers. On the day of the in­ci­dent on Jan­uary 20 he set off to walk into town when he was ap­proached by two males.

“He’d never seen them be­fore. The de­fen­dant asked him his name and told him to get down the al­ley­way. He slapped him across the back of the head.

“Jor­dan Houghton ran into his prop­erty and the two males fol­lowed him. They were bang­ing on the door of the bath­room. CCTV clearly shows a slap to the back of the head. There was no provo­ca­tion by the vic­tim. Cof­fey de­cided to take things into his own hands on be­half of his son.”

At the hear­ing on Mon­day (March 6) at Stock­port Mag­is­trates Court, Cof­fey pleaded guilty to as­sault.

De­fend­ing David Thomp­son, said: “The crown says it was a de­lib­er­ate slap to the head, but Mr Cof­fey says it was a slight con­nec­tion with his head.

“The crown al­leges he threat­ened him but he says that at no stage did he threaten him but wanted to dis­cuss the thing which hap­pened be­tween him and his son.

“(Cof­fey) has lim­ited pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal his­tory. The last mat­ter for vi­o­lence was 20 years ago.

“He lives with his wife and son and had the good sense to plead guilty at the first op­por­tu­nity.”

Mag­is­trates handed Cof­fey a 12 month con­di­tional dis­charge.

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