Violent Leeds son faces justice 12 years after pushing his mum down stairs

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A son who pushed  his mum down the stairs causing multiple fractures to her arm has faced justice 12 years after the attack at her home in Morley.

Leeds Crown Court heard 45-year-old Jonathan Walker's family did not report the attack at the time.

They reported it to police last month when officers were investigating a report that Walker had assaulted his mum, dad, and brother.

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Andrew Semple, prosecuting, said Walker has been living with his parents for the past nine years and they knew he was volatile and had a "short fuse."

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Walker's brother had also moved back home recently and the brothers worked together.

Mr Semple said they had been out for a drink after work on April 28 this year before returning home when an argument started.

Walker, who had been drinking, threw a cup and was goading his brother and swearing at him.

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Mr Semple said the brothers' 74-year-old dad tried to intervene, but Walker pushed him away - causing him to hit a wall and fall to the floor.

Walker, of Hawley Park, Morley, then barged into his mum when his brother tried to go outside.

Mr Semple said Walker then hit his brother three or four times to the face before police were called.

Walker's mum and brother told police that three weeks earlier he had "squared up" to his parents and smashed a plate before kicking and damaging a door.

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Mr Semple said police were also told about a serious incident 12 years ago after Walker and his mum had argued at the top of stairs.

Mr Semple said Walker had pushed her in the chest, causing her to fall backwards down the stairs.

The court heard she suffered seven fractures to her left arm.

Mr Semple said: "Police were not informed at the time."

Walker admitted wounding his mother 12 years ago.

He also admitted three assaults committed in April of this year and earlier criminal damage to a door.

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Imran Khan, mitigating, said Walker had spent 28 days in prison ahead of the sentencing hearing.

Mr Khan said Walker's family had made statements to police because they wanted to get help for him.

Mr Khan added: "The defendant recognises that he needs help. He wants to move on with his life.

"He has had time to reflect and realises he has to change and wants to get the necessary help."

Recorder Nicholas Lumley QC handed Walker a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Walker must do 200 hours unpaid work and complete up to 30 rehabilitation activity days.