Son attacked his 72-year-old mum in her Sunderland home

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A SON who beat up his elderly mother has been spared a jail sentence, after a court heard he has cancer.

Gary Foreman repeatedly punched his 72-year-old mum Doreen, before kicking her when she was on the ground and threatening her with a kitchen knife.

The 51-year-old even asked her for a kiss while carrying out the attack at his mother’s house in Cambridge Road, Silksworth, Sunderland.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how there were “difficulties between them”, before the attack on December 16, 2011.

Emma Dowling, prosecuting, said: “She let him into the property and he started swearing at her and calling her names.

“Then he started launching at her and punched her around the face. He held her around the neck and pulled her to the floor.

“He asked her for a kiss, which she thought was bizarre behaviour especially as he was still punching her at the time.

“In her statement Mrs Foreman described herself as being absolutely terrified.

“She describes how she thought he was going to kill her.”

Foreman broke his mother’s nose, and left her with a wound to her face and a chipped tooth.

Jamie Adams, defending, said: “It’s terribly sad the situation where a mother and son fell so out of sorts with each other.

“He acknowledges that he had lost it and it had gone too far.

“He has been having very specialised chemotherapy for cancer at a hospital in Basingstoke.

“Now he is facing the next stage of his illness.”

Foreman, of Millwood, Chilton, Ferryhill, County Durham, pleaded guilty to assault by actual bodily harm.

Judge James Goss, QC, told Foreman: “It was a bizarre, unusual, nasty and sustained attack on her.

“It caused considerable upset and traumatised her, but fortunately did not cause her any serious injuries.

“You have previously led a blameless life with no previous convictions and you have been hard working.

“Your life has been seriously effected by cancer of which you have had serious treatment, and you will be receiving more treatment.”

Foreman was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and a restraining order keeping him away from his mother.