Man battered elderly stepdad

Jason Winstanley: jailed for battering his elderly stepfather
Jason Winstanley: jailed for battering his elderly stepfather

A MAN burst into the bedroom of his elderly sleeping stepdad then battered him, a court heard.

Jason Winstanley repeatedly struck 83-year-old Harold Glover and threatened to kill him before being dragged off him.

I’m going to ****ing kill you. I don’t care about the police, you can’t treat my mother like that

Jason Winstanley

A court heard that Mr Glover was still living with his wife, Winstanley’s mum, but they were not speaking and were leading separate lives at the time of the attack on December 29 last year.

Jailing 44-year-old Winstanley, of no fixed address, for 21 months, Judge Mark Brown said: “On any view this was an extremely serious assault.”

Since the incident his mother has moved out and Mr Glover lives an isolated and lonely life. “He is extremely low and has no motivation for life,” he said.

Winstanley, who used to live with his parents in Aspull until a few days before the attack, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

Phil Astbury, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that Mr Glover was in poor health and was estranged from his wife, to whom he had been married for 36 years though they continued to share the same home.

On December 23 Mr Glover changed the locks while Winstanley was out and refused to let him live there any more so he moved in with a female friend.

On December 29 he asked his mother if he could call round to get his clothes and she agreed. He arrived at 9.45am and she left him in but he went past her to the downstairs bedroom where his step-dad, who he regarded as his father, slept.

He then “literally kicked the door off its hinges” and went in and climbed on top of the sleeping Mr Glover and began punching him to the head. The victim grabbed a length of hose from a pressure washer to defend himself but Winstanley took it off him.

“He beat him with it and said: ‘I’m going to ****ing kill you. I don’t care about the police, you can’t treat my mother like that’,” said Mr Astbury.

“Mr Glover fell out of the bed and he continued to kick him as he lay on the floor.”

His female friend, who had been waiting outside the house, came in and grabbed him from behind in a bear hug and restrained him until the police arrived.

When interviewed, he described the victim as “controlling and neglectful of his mother.”

Mr Glover was taken to hospital where he was found to have swellings to his scalp, lacerations to his forehead and ear, swelling to his lower lip, tenderness to his ribs and he was detained overnight.

Steven Swift, defending, said that Winstanley, who has previous convictions for battery and threatening behaviour, has served the equivalent an eight month prison sentence while on remand.

While in custody he has been developing his artistic skills and has been asked to mentor other prisoners.

The attack stemmed from the “complete frustration” he felt about how the man he regarded as he dad treated his mum.

“He still expresses love for him but clearly there has been a break down in the relationship,” said Mr Swift.