Son, 19, in vi­cious at­tack on par­ents

Macclesfield Express - - SILKMEN ON GLORY TRAIL - STU­ART GREER

ATEENAGER head­but­ted his mum and bit his dad dur­ing a fe­ro­cious at­tack on Christ­mas Day.

Jor­dan Steven Houghton, from Mac­cles­field, had gone to visit his es­tranged par­ents in the hope of a re­coni­cil­i­a­tion, but left Mary Houghton with a bloody nose and Kieran Atkin­son with a bite mark on his arm af­ter things turned sour, a court heard.

The 19-year-old also tried to hit his dad with a piece of con­crete on the doorstep of the fam­ily home on Lon­don Road, Mac­cles­field.

Houghton, of Lon­don Road, ad­mit­ted two charges of as­sault at Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court. But the court heard that there was a ‘ sub­stan­tial’ and ‘ trou­bled’ his­tory to the case.

Pros­e­cu­tor Mike Lee said: “The de­fen­dant hadn’t been liv­ing at home for three years and hadn’t seen his par­ents for eight months. At 7.30pm he knocked on the door and Mr Atkin­son an­swered. The de­fen­dant then lunged with both fists clenched. His father man­aged to push him away and shut the door. Mrs Houghton then went to speak to the de­fen­dant. There was an ar­gu­ment and the de­fen­dant head­but­ted his mother, caus­ing her nose to bleed.

“His father got in­volved and was punched and spat at. He was also bit­ten on his left bi­cep. The de­fen­dant then tried to hit his father with a piece of con­crete he had in his pocket but for­tu­nately didn’t make con­tact.”

Ju­lian Far­ley, de­fend­ing, said: “Mr Houghton had an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult up­bring­ing where both his par­ents were drug users.

“For his 16th birth­day he got a Plays­ta­tion. It was sold for drugs and he was asked to leave home.

“On the day of the of­fence the de­fen­dant was at the Co-op which is near the fam­ily home. He says he was beck­oned over by his father. He thought as it was Christ­mas Day per­haps they would bury the hatchet. He re­grets that it hap­pened and is up­set. For a fleet­ing mo­ment on Christ­mas Day he thought he was go­ing to rec­on­ciled. It is un­likely that will ever hap­pen now.”

Sen­tenc­ing him to 18 weeks in a young of­fend­ers in­sti­tu­tion sus­pended for a year, District Judge Dan Goozee said: “The trou­bled back­ground will re­main un­ex­plained in this case. It was a sus­tained as­sault us­ing a weapon in terms of your head and teeth. This is a breach of trust be­tween par­ents and their son.” Houghton was also or­dered to do 150 hours un­paid work and given a re­strain­ing or­der.

Jor­dan Steven Houghton

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