Accrington man jailed for breaking mother's jaw at party
A DRUNKEN man who smashed his mother’s jaw in two places at a New Year’s Eve party has been jailed for 14 months.
Penelope Stephenson, 54, needed surgery, and was without feeling in one side of her neck, after she was struck by her youngest son, Matthew Stephenson, 25. He was said to have had a cocktail of alcohol and drugs, but claimed he hadn’t meant to hit her, Burnley Crown Court heard.
The hearing was told how the victim was found covered in blood, and there was blood on the walls. Mrs Stephenson had not been in contact with the defendant for some time before the incident, and had been living at a secret address.
But she relented before Christmas and he was invited to the gathering with his family, the court was told. Stephenson, of Walton Street, Accrington, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on January 1. He also received a two-year restraining order.
Lisa Worsley, prosecuting, said Mrs Stephenson had previously experienced aggression and verbal abuse from her youngest son. She moved in next to her middle son, David, in Windermere Avenue, and only told Matthew Stephenson where she was living in November.
Miss Worsley said at 5am on New Year’s Day, David Stephenson heard whimpering from his mother's home and shouting from the street below. He found his mother slumped on the stairs, covered in blood, drifting in and out of consciousness.
She was dazed and told David: “I can’t believe he’s hit me. My jaw is broken.”
While at hospital, Matthew Stephenson rang his mother and said: “I didn't mean to do it. I swung and she got in the way.”
The victim was discharged on January 3, but had ongoing problems. Her consultant told her if the feeling in her neck did not return within 12 months, it was likely it never would.
The defendant had eight offences on his record.
Mark Stuart, for Stephenson, said the defendant had suffered from agoraphobia and one of the ways he had overcome that was by drinking, but he had drunk to excess, or taken other substances.
Sentencing, Judge Simon Newell said: “She has symptoms of disability.
“This was a very serious injury to a vulnerable woman.”