Sunderland man beat his mum, 79, after kill threats, court told

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A SON has admitted threatening to kill his elderly mother during a violent attack at her home.

Margaret Oliver, 79, was left with injuries police described as “serious but non-life threatening” after the assault last November.

Her son John Oliver, of Chester Road, Sunderland, was charged with attempted murder after the attack, which he denied during a court hearing earlier this year.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, the 51-year-old pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill and assault by beating.

Prosecutor Penny Moreland said the pleas were acceptable and the attempted murder charge will be left on file.

The court heard the Mrs Oliver, who lives near Hexham, Northumberland, was consulted before a decision was made to accept the lesser charges.

Miss Moreland told the court: “The complainant Mrs Oliver was consulted and the decision has been taken that those are acceptable pleas.

“The decision has been taken by a senior manager at the CPS on receipt of a report by the officer who spoke to the complainant.”

Judge Paul Sloan adjourned the case until the week of April 30 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

A psychiatric report has already been prepared.

Oliver must abide by bail conditions which include residence at his Sunderland home and a night-time curfew.

The judge warned him: “The fact I am adjourning sentence and directing the preparation of a pre-sentence report should not be taken by you as any indication of the sentence that will be imposed.

“All sentencing options remain open and that does include custody.”

Paul Caulfield, defending, said Oliver accepts the case against him will be opened on the basis of the statemement his mother made to the police after the attack.

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