Son, 19, in vicious attack on parents
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