My son’s cry for help fell on deaf ears, says victim

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A FATHER who was seriously assaulted by his son has hit out at the harshness of the legal system and says he should not still be behind bars.

Sydney Bullough, from Newtown, was kicked and punched repeatedly by son Stuart, who also threatened to kill him, during a drink-fuelled incident in December 2013.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm and was sentenced to 20 months in prison at Liverpool Crown Court, but this was recently cut to a year by judges at the Court of Appeal.

However, Mr Bullough, of Scot Lane, hit out strongly at the length of the jail term given to his son and said he was anxiously waiting to welcome him home once his shortened sentence is served.

Mr Bullough, 68, said: “It stinks and it’s not right. The incident was basically a common assault and the sentence they gave him was too long.

“I can’t wait for him to come home, I’ve been more worried for him than about me. He will be coming back to live with me because he’s got nowhere else to go.

“He’s a good lad and it’s a shame. There’s no jobs for them and that’s what is getting them into lumber.

“He’s told me that even when he gets back he might have to go to Atherton to see the probation service. Why should he have to go back there?”

The Court of Appeal heard the incident happened after Bullough had been drinking and accused his father and his girlfriend of laughing about him behind his back.

The judges ruled the original punishment given to the 27-year-old was excessive and his conduct in prison also suggested his punishment should be made less severe.

The courts also heard Bullough had some mental health problems and difficulties with alcohol dependency, and his father said more needed to be done to help him.

Mr Bullough said: “When I rang the police after the assault I thought it would get him help. If they had decided he needed it things wouldn’t have got this far.

“We’ve now found out the reasons for what was going on and why he was kicking off. They cry out for help and there’s nothing there.”