Drunk jailed for attacking mum
AN ALCOHOLIC has been jailed after he assaulted his mum and sister.
Stephen Fitzgerald, aged 33, was drunk when he attacked his sister Amanda Fitzgerald on January 4.
While on bail for that offence, he assaulted his mum, North Staffordshire magistrates heard yesterday.
Prosecutor Andrew Bodger saidFitzgerald is 'alcohol dependant' and spent January 4 drinking.
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He was asleep on the sofa next to an empty bottle of cider when his sister returned to her Burslem home at 2.30pm.
By 4.50pm he had woken up and asked her for £40, which she gave him. He left and returned at 5.20pm with another bottle of cider.
Mr Bodger said: "His sister told him not to go back in the house because he was drunk.
"She and her friend went out and returned at 10pm, when the defendant tried to get in to the house.
"His sister ignored him then heard him go in to the shed in the rear garden.
"She went to the shed and told him to come around to the house if he wanted to sleep.
"But he began talking rubbish and verbally abused her before banging his head on a wall. She asked him to leave but he refused. She tried to push him out.
"He went to punch her in the face and just stopped short of doing so.
"He straddled her and grabbed her round the throat. She was only released when her friend managed to pull him away and together they managed to push him out of the front door."
Outside, Fitzgerald kicked his sister's car causing a large dent.
While on bail for those offences, Fitzgerald attacked his mother, Pauline.
The court heard he was allowed to live at her home in Aylesbury Road, Bentilee – on the condition he did not drink.
But Mrs Fitzgerald awoke at 6.50pm on February 2 to find the defendant on the phone and she told him she needed to use it.
Mr Bodger said: "He went in to the kitchen and she went to use the phone.
"The defendant came out of the kitchen like a raging bull.
He grabbed her round the throat and squeezed so hard she could not breathe. He then slapped her in the mouth."
Police arrived to find Mrs Fitzgerald with a cut lip and blood around her chin.
Officers spoke to the defendant who they described as being 'clearly drunk'.
After caution the defendant replied: "I will do her, I hate her."
Fitzgerald told police that he could not remember grabbing his mother around the neck or hitting her and could not recall making the comments to officers.
But, at court, Fitzgerald, of Aylesbury Road, pleaded guilty to two charges of assault and criminal damage.
Zoe Leese, mitigating, said Fitzgerald has had issues with alcohol since he was aged 14. She asked for any sentence to be suspended so he could receive help.
Magistrates said the offences were so serious only a custodial sentence was appropriate and jailed Fitzgerald for 14 weeks.