Mum, 72, attacked by her son over broken toilet seat

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 June 2011

Views of the new Court House at Worle.; 25-4-06

Views of the new Court House at Worle.; 25-4-06

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AN ELDERLY mother who suffered years of abuse at the hands of her son finally went to police after he launched an angry attack – over a broken toilet seat.

Dorothy Long, aged 72, was twice pushed to the floor in her own home as she attempted to get away from her son Stuart during the argument on May 13.

Then, when she returned with her other son, Christopher, Long attacked him, punching him in the face in the kitchen of their Coleridge Road home.

Appearing at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges last Friday, Long, aged 52, was sentenced by magistrates for the two assaults.

Kelly Marshall, prosecuting, said Long’s mental health had deteriorated in recent years to the extent that he thought birds talked to him.

She said: “In the past, Stuart’s mother had not reported the incidents of abuse to police, but now she wants him to get help.

“Both she and Christopher have tried to give him help, but each time he has refused.

“She can no longer cope with him and says she lives in fear of assault.”

Long’s attack on his mother started at 12.30pm when he found a broken toilet seat in their home.

He started shouting at her and then pushed her when she went upstairs to her bedroom to get changed.

On leaving the house, he pushed her again, forcing her to fall to the floor.

At 2pm, she returned with her son, Christopher, and tried to calm him down.

But Long confronted Christopher and punched him in the face before kicking his leg.

Police were called and Stuart was arrested.

Ms Marshall said: “Stuart told officers that he reacts to situations without thinking of the consequences and admits what he did was not standard behaviour.”

Magistrates fined Long £300, but then waived the order because of the five weeks he had spent in custody since the incident.

He was told to get help for his mental health problems, but it was unclear this week if he was going to return home.

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