Man lashed out at sister

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A BROTHER who thumped his sister in the mouth and said he hopes she dies of throat cancer has been given a community order.

Christopher Milburn lost his temper with cancer sufferer Jeanette Jepson when she refused to let him into her Easington home, magistrates at Peterlee heard.

The court heard Milburn was annoyed after Ms Jepson, 56, made allegations he was not looking after their elderly mother properly.

Prosecutor Vickie Wilson said the attack was launched when he turned up at her house and tried to force open a window.

The court heard Milburn said he hoped his sister was “riddled” with cancer and threatened to burn the house, saying she would “go up” with it.

Milburn, 50, of Avon Street, Easington Colliery, admitted assault by beating and criminal damage, both on March 24.

Bill Davison, defending, said in mitigation Milburn has been a carer for 20 years, with his visit sparked by the allegation against him.

Milburn was sentenced to a 12-month supervision order and a night-time curfew for two months and ordered to pay fines and costs of £360.

An indefinite restraining order was also made, banning Milburn from contacting his sister.