A COURT heard how a man beat his stepfather with part of a fence in a drunken attack that left him needing hospital treatment for a gash to his forehead.

Prosecutor Joel Wootton told Bradford Crown Court how Anthony Wilson had confronted his mother and stepfather in a pub in a row over their relationship.

At around 10pm on September 16, 2023, he first grabbed the older man by the groin before grabbing his neck and pushing him to the floor.

The couple escaped the scene in a taxi, but Wilson followed and arrived at their home where he continued to behave aggressively.

He threw his stepfather onto the bonnet of a car, punched him several times, and tore a plank of wood from a fence with which he hit him a number of times.

When his mother attempted to intervene, he pushed her away.

Police were called to the scene and used PAVA spray to restrain Wilson, who was said to be non-cooperative.

When interviewed he made a full admission but said he had little memory of what had happened as he had been drunk.

He later pleaded guilty to wounding and two counts of assault by beating.

Mr Wootten said Wilson’s stepfather suffered a large cut to the middle of his forehead that required gluing and steri-stripping at hospital. An injury to his wrist was treated with a splint. He also suffered other cuts and bruises.

The “sustained attack” left “a significant amount of blood” on the ground outside the couple’s home.

Wilson, 32, of Victoria Terrace, Dalton Lane, Keighley, was not represented in court.

Mr Recorder Tony Watkin described the incident as “a very sad state of affairs and in particular I suspect the fact that he finds himself having pleaded guilty to an assault on his mother is something which he feels a great deal of remorse about.”

He added that the police’s decision to use PAVA spray “gives an indication of his anger and emotion at that time.

“It was a prolonged and persistent assault.”

He sentenced Wilson to 16 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months, ordered him to carry out 11 hours of unpaid work in the community, and imposed 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

Wilson was also made subject to a restraining order that bans him from contacting or communicating with his mother for 12 months, extended to two years for his stepfather.

He was also ordered to pay £210 in costs and the victim surcharge.