Man attacked his ex-mum-in-law

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A MAN has admitted assaulting his former mother-in-law while she was taking care of his dog.

Stephen Holroyd of Bag Lane, Atherton, pleaded guilty to the assault by beating of Dawn Smith at a hearing in Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told how the defendant had previously been married to the victim’s daughter but they had remained friends and Ms Smith would look after his dog on occasions.

Prosecuting, Tess Kenyon explained that on May 22 Ms Smith was looking after the pet at her address with her 16-year-old grandson when Holroyd turned up drunk to the house at around 11.40am.

The 43-year-old began shouting and the victim became frightened.

Ms Kenyon said: “She discreetly passed the phone to her grandson telling him to all the police.”

A statement from the victim read to the court said Ms Smith tried to leave and when she was near the door the defendant pushed her and continued to shout abuse when she left.

As soon as he was made aware the police were on the way he stopped.

The court heard that in police interview the defendant, who has an alcohol addiction, said he usually had a good relationship with his former mother-in-law but that day he had drank three cans of strong beer at his allotments.

And in the heat of the moment he said things he didn’t mean and pushed her out of the way when he was trying to get out.

Defending, Bob Toppin said: “Clearly he has ongoing problems with alcohol but hopefully with a bit of help he will soon be back on track.

“The first seeds are there and hopefully he can capitalise on those.”

Holroyd received a 12-month community order with a 20-day rehabilitation order and 40 hours of unpaid work.

He was also told to pay £85 costs, £150 court charge and £50 compensation to the victim.

The defendant was also handed a 12-month restraining order against Ms Smith.