Violent son defied court order by visiting mum he had assaulted

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A violent son who hit his mother was arrested for a second time when he defied a court order by going to see her.

Patrick Stokes admitted the common assault of his mother when he appeared before Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court earlier this week.

He armed himself with a knife, saying he wanted to end it all.

Prosecutor Lorraine Cooper

The bench ordered Stokes to wait over lunchtime for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

But he left the court building and took a taxi to his mother’s house.

“Police received 999 call at 13.26,” said Lorraine Cooper, prosecuting. “Mr Stokes was released from this court at 1pm and went straight to his mother’s house, despite being on bail not to do so.

“When he arrived there, he demanded money from his mother and said he wanted to get his clothes.

“At one point he was in a bedroom with a noose around his neck.

“He armed himself with a knife, saying he wanted to end it all.”

The court heard Stokes was not charged with any offence following the visit to his mother, but he was arrested and kept in custody overnight.

“The original offence of common assault took place earlier in the week on November 23,” said Ms Cooper.

“On that occasion Mr Stokes punched his mother in the face.

“There is a concern that if he is released again, he will do the same thing again, unless he can be bailed to a different address.

Stokes, 21, of Jutland Road, Hartlepool, admitted common assault.

John Relton, defending, said in mitigation: “The original offence, while unpleasant, was not a serious assault.

“There was an argument between Mr Stokes and another person in the house, who didn’t like the way he was speaking to his mother.

“During the melee, his mother was struck.

“Mr Stokes was not going to be imprisoned for that offence, yet he has been locked up following the second visit to his mother.

“He cannot now be sentenced for two weeks because a full pre-sentence report is required due to his attempts at self-harm.

“What Mr Stokes needs at the moment is the love and support of his family.

“He does not need chucking in a prison cell with individuals far more violent and criminally sophisticated than he is.”

The bench remanded Stokes in custody while inquiries are made to find him a hostel place.