Thug son who head­but­ted his mother dur­ing bru­tal at­tack spared jail time

The Oban Times - - News - COURT RE­PORTER editor@oban­times.co.uk

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

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