Drunkenthugleft elderlyfather who heismaincarerfor bloodiedinattack
A Bonhill man left his elderly father with a bloody nose during a drunken fight while he was supposed to be caring for him.
James McArthur, of Golfhill Drive, left his 78-year-old father with a blood all over his face and jumper following the incident on May 14 this year.
The 54-year-old was drunk and became impatient with his elderly father — whom he cares for — and pushed him into the kitchen door frame where he struck his face.
McArthur was in the dock at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week where it was heard police forced entry into the house on Leven Court, Dumbarton after they were concerned about sounds of distress coming from inside.
Depute fiscal Craig Wainwright said: “The accused and his 78-yearold father were standing in the hallway and stated they had not heard the police presence.
“His father was observed to have a bloody nose and the accused was observed to have a blood stained T-shirt.
“A blood stained jumper was also found and identified to belong to his father. The accused had pushed his father on the back causing him to strike his face on the door frame in the kitchen.”
McArthur admitted assaulting his father by pushing him on the body, causing him to fall and strike his head to his injury.
He also admitted acting aggressively and obstructing a police officer while in execution of his duty by trying to push him while being led out of the property.
Defending, Tom Brown said McArther’s ongoing issue with alcohol had led to the offence.
He said: “He had always stayed with his father. It is quite clear that drink played its part in this offence.
“He is doing something about it and he is attending DACA.
“He makes no excuses. He is totally ashamed.”
Sheriff William Gallacher said: “Being a man of mature years, it is unfortunate that while you were duty bound to provide care for your father you acted in a manner you should not have towards someone you should have respect for.”
McArthur was placed under supervision for one year.