Easington Lane woman spared jail after throwing cup of tea over dementia-suffering mother, 89

Newcastle Crown court. Pic: Google.
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A woman has been spared jail because of her own health problems after she threw a cup of tea at her elderly and vulnerable mother.

Maureen Borrowdale was living with her 89-year-old mother when she threw the mug of tea, which hit the wall and landed on the elderly woman.

Borrowdale, 62, also verbally abused her mother and slapped her hands and arms, causing bruising.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the incidents took place in March, October and November, last year.

The court was told Borrowdale's elderly mother was initially caring for her daughter, who suffers from mental health problems, when she developed dementia and became dependent herself.

Borrowdale, of Brick Garth, Easington Lane, admitted causing actual bodily harm and two counts of common assault.

Judge Edward Bindloss handed Borrowdale a conditional discharge for 12 months for all three offences, after learning she had possible early on-set dementia.

The court was also told how at the time she had disturbed sleep, was refusing to take her medication and was suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder..

Judge Bindloss told Borrowdale: "This is a very sad case, you're 62 years of age, you're of good character and have lived a law-abiding life.

"You lived in 2015 with your mother who has dementia.

"It's clear she was vulnerable, she was suffering dementia and her age.

"It's clear you have your own vulnerabilities. I have read reports that you have your own mental health problems and the two of you were in a very
stressful situation.

"This appears to be a situation in which a mother who was caring for her daughter, who had mental health problems, becomes increasingly dependent
herself.

"The reversal of roles did not take place. You were not well enough to become your mother's carer.

"In this stressful situation you were unable to help or support her."

Judge Bindloss told Borrowdale he had chosen to give her a conditional discharge because of her medical situation.

The judge said he had taken into account the two days she spent in police custody after being arrested, which he saw as a considerable punishment for
her.

He added: "Usually people who assault vulnerable 89-year-old's are treated harsher."