Mum nearly knocked off feet by slap from son

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A MAN who admitted assaulting his mother stormed out of court when he was ordered to pay her compensation.

Craig Tomlinson was visibly shaking in the dock as his solicitor explained his troubled relationship with his mother - before walking out when he was told to pay her £100.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how the 22-year-old’s relationship with his mother, Karen Tomlinson, had broken down after he was placed into care at 13.

And when he bumped into his mother and her husband on the evening of June 30 as they walked their dogs he shouted that Mrs Tomlinson had been “brainwashed” against him by her husband.

In the resulting argument Tomlinson lashed out and slapped his mother across the face after she told him “just leave us alone - you’re dead to me”.

She was nearly knocked off her feet by the force of the blow, stumbling backwards.

Her husband then intervened and Tomlinson, of Heath Road, Ashton, immediately left the scene.

Afterwards, Mrs Tomlinson was left “extremely shaken” - but with no visible injuries.

In interview, following his arrest, Tomlinson accepted that he had slapped her across the face after being provoked by what she said.

He also expressed his regret and sorrow at how he had reacted.

Glen Wrigley, defending, described it as a “straightforward offence” following a chance meeting between his client and his client’s mother.

He told how Tomlinson continues to feel rejected by his mother, hopes to move out of the area with his partner soon and is undergoing counselling.

Magistrates handed him a six-month community order, in which he must undergo a period of supervision, and a 12-month restraining order banning him from contacting his mother or visiting the street where she lives.

They also ordered him to pay Mrs Tomlinson £100 compensation as well as £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

After Tomlinson walked out of the court, the chair of the bench said: “We do sympathise but it’s an assault and that’s the end of it.”