Brother attacked terminally-ill sister after shouting ‘I hope you are riddled with cancer and die soon’


A WOMAN suffering from terminal throat cancer told how her brother punched her in the mouth and said he hoped the illness would kill her.

East Durham man Christopher ‘Curly’ Milburn flew into a rage with Jeanette Jepson after she refused to let him in to her Easington home.

“Milburn turned up at the house uninvited,” prosecutor Vickie Wilson told magistrates at Newton Aycliffe. “Ms Jepson is suffering from terminal throat cancer, and there had been problems in the family.

“She didn’t want to let Milburn in so left the door locked.

“He started shouting and swearing saying at one point: ‘I hope you are riddled with cancer and you die soon’.

“He also said he would come back and torch the house.

“Milburn then pulled open a window and Ms Jepson struggled to close it.

“He reached in and punched her in the mouth, causing her head to rock back.

“His parting words were: ‘You are going to get it’.”

The court was read extracts from the Ms Jepson’s victim impact statement in which she said she despises her brother, but is also fearful he will come back to attack her again.

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

No evidence was offered on a charge of making threats to kill.

Bill Davison, mitigating, said: “There are matters in the prosecution outline and victim impact statement with which we disagree.

“I will be commenting on those when Mr Milburn is sentenced.”

Bench chairman John Roberts adjourned the case for the preparation of a probation report.

Milburn was bailed and made the subject of an interim restraining order banning him from contacting his sister.

Speaking after the case, Ms Jepson said: “I am disappointed they are not going ahead with the threats to kill charge, I was hoping he would do time for that.

“He is a bully who picks on vulnerable people like me.

“My mother is not speaking to me because I wanted to press charges.

“She said you don’t do that to one of your own, but what he did to me just had to be reported.”

Milburn will be sentenced at Peterlee Magistrates Court on October 17.