Cumbria Crack

Son jailed for punching and stamping on the head of his disabled mum

Carlisle Crown Court

A SON who punched and stamped on the head of his disabled mother, causing her to fear she may die, has been given a 20-month prison sentence.

Louis Pattinson, 24, was living with mother Jackie McKie at Storth, near Arnside, when the attack took place just before midnight on August 26. Earlier that day, Pattinson had ridden away on his motorbike having criticised his mum.

He returned at around 11pm, trying a front door she had locked to keep him out before using his bike crash helmet to smash a large double-glazed window and enter. He ran into a bedroom where she was waiting having called police, and initially punched her arms.

He emptied a bottle of water over her, punched her about the face and body and grabbed her hair, causing her to feel clumps coming away from her scalp. Pattinson, who also forced his mother to cancel the attendance of police, then repeatedly stamped on her head before officers arrived.

Left with mercifully light injuries, Ms McKie said in an impact statement: “I genuinely thought he was going to kill me. I was so relieved when the police arrived.” She added: “It seemed as though he had taken something; his eyes were so black and evil.”

Pattinson, now of no fixed address, admitted using violence to secure entry to premises, actual bodily harm assault and criminal damage.

Now actively seeking help for personal difficulties, Pattinson wrote in a letter: “I’m ashamed I took my anger out on my mum.”

Recorder Ciaran Rankin, who was told of Pattinson’s regret and remorse, jailed him for 20 months and banned him from contacting his mother for two years. “Your mental and physical ill health is an issue,” Recorder Rankin told him. “But that is no excuse for what you had done that evening.”

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