Sean Meli pleaded guilty for assault after he attacked his mother and knocked her unconscious
Sean Meli initially stepped in to defend his girlfriend after she clashed with his mum but then “lost the plot” and subjected her to a violent assault.
He repeatedly punched his mother in the face then kicked her in the head three times “with great force” in an attack lasting seven minutes.
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By the end of it she was lying on the floor unconscious, with her slippers knocked off and her dressing gown heavily blood-stained. She also lost a tooth and was left with pain to her neck, back, abdomen and head.
A court heard the victim did not want to co-operate with the prosecution of her son but he admitted assault and has now been given a suspended prison sentence.
Judge Robert Spragg, at Newcastle Crown Court, said: “You had been drinking and you started by defending your partner, who was attacked, it would appear, by your mother.
“But then you launched what can only be described as a sustained attack, including repeated punches and kicks to the head with some force and that lasted for some seven minutes.
“It's no exaggeration to say you simply lost the plot.”
Mr Meli turned violent towards his mother as she argued with his partner
The court heard Meli, 34, of Victoria Road, South Shields, had gone to his mother’s home after midnight on February 8 last year looking to borrow money.
A neighbour heard shouting and screaming followed by a banging noise and a loud thud and got up to investigate.
Rachael Landin, prosecuting, said: “When he looked he saw the female being assaulted.
“The Crown accept up to that point where the neighbour had been looking, this defendant had been present when his mother assaulted his partner and that led to him defending her.
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“After the neighbour came into play the actions by this defendant went beyond what was reasonable.”
Sean spared jail as his mother did not want to co-operate with the prosecution of her son
The neighbour saw Meli repeatedly punching his mum to the face and head in the lobby area outside her home.
Miss Landin said: “The neighbour shouted that the police were on their way, hoping it would stop it but that had no impact, the defendant continued punching his mother to the face.
“The defendant was then seen to kick his mother with great force three times to her head.
“The defendant's mother was lying on the floor and had blood coming out of her mouth and head and her head was swollen.
“She had been beaten so badly her slippers were flung across the floor and her dressing gown was heavily blood-stained.
“She had lost consciousness and had pain to her head, back and abdominal area and she lost a tooth and had a heavily swollen head.”
Mr Meli was later handed a suspended prison sentence at Newcastle Crown Court
When he was arrested Meli said he had been defending his girlfriend.
He said it was the first time they had been out since the birth of their child and they had gone to his mother's to borrow money to continue their night out.
Meli pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was given 21 months suspended for two years with a three-month curfew between 9pm and 7am.
The court heard he has expressed remorse for what he did and Judge Spragg said the sentence could be suspended due to information contained in psychiatric and probation reports.
Meli has previous for violence but has stayed out of trouble for years and is in a settled relationship with a young child and another baby on the way.
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