Suspended sentence for Wortham man who assaulted stepfather
PUBLISHED: 11:53 20 November 2012
A Suffolk man who dragged his stepfather out of bed and beat him up has walked free from court after being given a suspended prison sentence.
Jayson Roper had been upset at the way David Cook treated his mother and because he had ruined the family’s Christmas by drinking too much, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
Roper had gone to Mr Cook’s bedroom and dragged him naked out of bed before repeatedly assaulting him.
He had then followed Mr Cook, who was still not wearing any clothes, into a garden shed and had continued to assault him before handing him his keys and clothes and telling him to leave.
As a result of the attack Mr Cook, of Wortham, near Diss, suffered two black eyes, a chipped tooth, cuts and bruises.
Roper, 40, also of Wortham, denied assaulting Mr Cook causing him actual bodily harm in the early hours of December 27 but was found guilty by a jury after a trial in October . Sentence was adjourned until Tuesday for a pre-sentence report.
Sentencing him Judge John Holt said he had subjected Mr Cook to a humiliating assault which had lasted for about 15 minutes.
He said Roper was of previous good character and had acknowledged to a probation officer that he had been correcly convicted by the jury.
He sentenced Roper to a 12 month sentence suspended for two years and ordered him to do 200 hours unpaid work in the community and to pay £800 costs.
Giving evidence during the trial Roper accepted he “wasn’t best pleased” with Mr Cook after his mother made allegations about the way he had treated her during their marriage but denied snapping and storming into Mr Cook’s bedroom with the intention of “teaching him a lesson”.
“I wanted him to answer all the questions I had for him. I didn’t make a plan,” Roper said.
He said Mr Cook had resisted his attempts to drag him out of bed but had then gone downstairs with him.
However, Roper claimed that Mr Cook had then started throwing punches and flailing his arms around.
Roper said he had tried to defend himself and denied giving his stepfather a “good beating”.
He claimed that while they were outside in the shed Mr Cook had threatened him with a hammer and any injuries to Mr Cook were caused as he tried to disarm him.
Laura Kenyon for Roper asked the court to give her client the benefit of the doubt over who had lifted the hammer. She said Roper’s mother and Mr Cook were no longer together and that her client had behaved spontaneously and out of character.