Man pushed mother after trying to take tobacco from dad's trousers

A son has been banned by a court from going to his parents’ home uninvited after his bid to get his hands on his dad’s tobacco lit the fuse to a late-night assault.

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 1:39 pm

Jobless Michael Parker, 24, of Church View, Boldon Colliery, pushed his mum Julie Parker into a chair in her bedroom when she tried to stop him getting the goods, a court heard.

It was contained in the pocket of his dad Stephen Parker’s trousers, which had been removed at bedtime and were in the couple’s bedroom at their home in Hindmarch Drive, Boldon Colliery.

Parker, who was living with his parents, entered the room at about 1am on Friday, February 7, and made his move, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court was told.

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He got his hands on the pants but when Mrs Parker refused to let him have the tobacco, Parker pushed her but caused no injury.

His actions were enough for District Judge Kathryn Meek to rule he required to be punished – and she imposed a year-long restraining order and handed him a dose of unpaid work.

Prosecutor Lorna Rimell said: “The injured party is the defendant’s mother. They had an argument at her address.

“He’s come to her door and asked if he could have tobacco and she’s said no. He’s the gone through the trousers to find the tobacco.

“She’s gone to stop him, and he’s pushed her into a chair.”

Val Bell, defending, said: “He accepts that at about one-in-the-morning he goes to his parents’ bedroom for tobacco and is told that he can’t have it.

“He goes through the trousers. His mum is not very happy about that. He knocked her with his shoulder, and she falls. Her statement makes no reference to any injuries.”

District Judge Meek told Parker his behaviour was not acceptable and handed him an 18-month community order with the requirements of 60 hours of unpaid work.

She also issued a restraining order which bans him from entering his parents’ property unless invited in by them.

Parker, who admitted common assault, must pay a £90 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.