Leeds pensioner, 89, attacked by son over booze money

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A MAN who kicked and punched his 89-year-old father when he refused to give him money to buy alcohol is facing a jail sentence.

A court heard Robert Lee subjected his frail father to a sustained attack in his own home after he allowed his son to move in with him.

Georgina Coade, prosecuting, said the attack happened on August 24 this year, soon after Lee had moved into the house on Cross Flatts Place, Beeston, Leeds. Miss Coade said Lee’s home was undergoing renovation and he was allowed to live at his father’s home as he was on benefits and had nowhere else to go.

Lee, 56, began demanding money from his father to buy alcohol and the attack happened when he was refused cash.

The prosecutor said Lee stood over his father and kicked and punched him repeatedly in the attack which lasted five minutes.

Mr Lee fell out of his chair during the attack and his son then threatened to urinate on his furniture unless he gave him some money. Mr Lee managed to get up and went to a neighbour’s house before police were contacted.

The court heard he suffered a cut to the back of his head and cuts to his hip. Lee, of Marley Street, Beeston, was arrested and claimed he could not remember the attack when interviewed by police.

Shila Whitehead, mitigating, said Lee has long standing alcohol and mental health problems. She added: “He took things a lot further than he should have done.”

Judge Neil Clark adjourned the case so Lee can be assessed to so if he is suitable to take part in an alcohol treatment programme. The judge granted Lee bail until the next hearing, on November 20, but warned him it was not an indication of any likely sentence and prison was still an option.

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