South Yorkshire son spared prison after drunken attack on mum

News: Local, national and international news 24-hours a day.
News: Local, national and international news 24-hours a day.
Have your say

A SON who attacked his mother in a drunken rage has been spared jail after she begged a judge for leniency.

Simon Godber, aged 30, pushed and kicked his mum Diane Scott to the floor, struck her with two pieces of wood and stamped on her.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that when his sister Kerry Godber, 28, tried to intervene, he kicked and punched her as well.

Mrs Scott, 47, ended up in hospital with a head injury and bruising.

But Recorder Jane Rowley decided not to jail Godber after his mother asked for him to be spared prison.

However, both his mother and sister asked the judge to make a restraining order to keep him away from them.

Godber, of Goldsmith Drive, Herringthorpe, Rotherham, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm against his mother and battery against his sister on October 7.

Fiona Swain, prosecuting, said Godber, a dad-of-two, had been drinking at home when his mother and sister came around just after 12.30am.

They arrived with bottles of brandy and vodka, which Godber shared with them.

His sister fell asleep, waking to find Godber confronting their mother.

He pushed his mum into a glass cupboard injuring her head and began to assault her with wooden sticks.

When arrested, Godber told police he could not recall much as he was drunk, but said his mum went for him.

In a letter to the court Mrs Scott wrote: “When sober he’s a nice person, but when drunk he seems to want to take on the world.”

Martin Robertshaw, mitigating, said: “He’s a pleasant individual, but when drink is taken the demons come out.”

Miss Recorder Rowley gave Godber an eight-month jail term, suspended for a year and ordered him to pay his mum £200 compensation and his sister £100. He was also banned from contacting them for two years.