Man battered frail ill grandfather with brush

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man who battered a frail, ill 70-year-old grandfather with a brush as he tried to protect his wife has been warned he will go to prison if he offends again.

Paul Whiteside had picked up the brush and was described as swinging it at the grandmother “like he was going for a six with a cricket bat.”

The attack came at the climax of an argument with Whiteside’s former girlfriend – the elderly couple’s granddaughter.

Whiteside, 23, of The Close, Kirkham, pleaded guilty to assault.

He was sentenced to do 200 hours unpaid work for the community with 12 months supervision and ordered to pay compensation of £50 to his victim with £200 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Simon Bridge, warned Whiteside: “If you lose your temper again you will go to prison.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Whiteside went to his ex’s grandparents home in Kirkham at around 9.30am on June 14.

His ex was there and he said he wanted to see their two children, before telling her: “If you get with someone else I’ll kill you and them.”

The ex’s grandmother came out and Whiteside insulted her before he swung the brush at her. The grandfather, who suffered from illnesses including angina epilepsy and diabetes, moved to shield his wife. Whiteside struck his arm with the brush causing bruising.

Steven Townley, defending, said Whiteside only wanted fair and reasonable access to see his children, but he felt his ex was not sticking to the arrangements and he acted out of extreme frustration.

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