Thug son who headbutted his mother during brutal attack spared jail time
AN TEENAGER who now lives in Oban carried out a savage and sickening attack on his own mother, Paisley sheriff court heard last Thursday.
But Sheriff Seith Ireland decided not to lock up the thug and placed him on a Community Payback Order. He was also sentenced to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
John Meney, 19, brutally attacked his mother, Karen, at the home they shared in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, earlier this year.
Meney, now of Soroba Road, Oban, denied assaulting his mother, claiming self- defence at Paisley sheriff court.
But after she told the court she was left ‘in complete shock’ at the ‘unbelievable’ assault which left her covered in blood, a sheriff convicted Meney of assaulting his mother to her injury by leaving her with a bruised back, red face and damaged nose.
The court heard how the thug punched, kicked and head-butted his mother, pulled her by the hair and threw her into furniture on April 11 this year.
The court heard that his mother was having a coffee with her sister in the living-room of her home in Canal Street, Johnstone, when she heard Meney getting up to go to the toilet.
She said she went to speak to him when he returned to his bedroom, explaining: ‘ He was back in his bed lying down.
‘I had been arguing with his girlfriend a couple of days before and John had been staying at his gran’s house. He just said that I would “get my comeuppance”. I patted him twice on the cheek and I did say, “Congratulations, you are in the woman-beaters’ club”.
‘He said, “Do that to me again and I’m going to punch you in”. I called his bluff and did it ( patted him on the head). I didn’t think for a minute that he would do it.’
Meney then launched an uncontrolled and savage attack on his mother.
Giving evidence at his trial, she said: ‘At the third tap to his face, he jumped up out of his bed and grabbed me by the hair.
‘He was pulling my hair and he threw me into the wardrobe.
‘I fell back and banged the back of my head and I was on the floor. He jumped and grabbed me by the head again.
‘I just managed to get myself standing up again.
‘He just swung me about the bedroom and I went into the bedroom cabinet. I hit the floor and got carpet burns on my elbows.
‘Every time I stood up and managed to get to my feet, John knocked me back again.
‘I was bounced off everything that was in the room. My sister came into the room to see what was happening and out of nowhere - it was as if he flew through the air - John headbutted me and my nose started bleeding.
‘I was in complete shock and again I went into one of the units.’
She said that her son, who had only been wearing boxers when he attacked her, quickly got dressed and ran out of the house.
But he returned a short time later, begging his mother not to phone the police and telling her to head-butt him to make up for his attack.
After hearing that Meney had moved to Oban, managed to get himself a job and was due to become a father in October, Sheriff Seith Ireland decided not to send him to prison.
As he placed him on a Community Payback Order (CPO), requiring him to be supervised for the next 12 months and to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work, Sheriff Ireland said: ‘It was a quite nasty incident.
‘You saw your mum’s attitude to what happened - it was quite disgusting behaviour towards your mother.
‘It is not in the interests of justice to send you off to custody, but that was in my mind due to the nastiness of this assault.’
Meney will begin the CPO when the one he is currently serving for previous offences has run its course.
THUGGISH ASSAULT: John Meeney was convicted of a brutal and sustained attack on his defenceless mother, but was not sent to jail because the sheriff said it wouldn’t serve the interests of justice