A SON left his father with a cut to the head and a painful shoulder injury when he pushed him over during a row at their home.
William Hardy had tried to intervene when an argument broke out between his two sons.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how during the trouble Brian Hardy pushed his dad to the floor after throwing things at his brother.
Mr Hardy snr was left with a three-centimetre cut to his head and a dislocated shoulder.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: “He started throwing items at his brother and his father sought to intervene.
“At that point he was pushed to the ground by the defendant.
“In falling he fell over a portable radiator, hitting his head on the radiator, and landed between a set of drawers and a television.”
Mr Hardy was taken to hospital after the attack.
Hardy jnr, of Brandling Street, Roker, Sunderland, admitted assault.
The court heard the 45-year-old has always lived with his parents.
It is claimed there has been a history of similar incidents within the family.
Judge James Goss adjourned the case for four weeks so Hardy can be assessed by probation officials.
Hardy was granted bail while the assessment takes place.