'You knew he was helpless': Cruel son locked up for assaults on his seriously father as he was supposed to be giving him round-the-clock care at his home in Leeds
A violent thug subjected his seriously ill dad to repeated and sustained attacks in his own home as he was supposed to be caring for him.
David Vickers was locked up for 20 months for abusing his dad after he moved into his home in Holbeck.
Leeds Crown Court heard that Vickers lifted the him out of a rocking chair and deliberately dropped him to the floor.
The 64-year-old victim suffered fractured ribs as a result of the attack.
The court heard Vickers carried out the first assault in September last year after going to live with his dad.
The victim suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema and Vickers had been trusted to look after him.
He suffered bruising and a cut to his arm.
A third attack involved Vickers grabbing his dad's nose and pinching it, causing bruising.
Police were contacted at one stage and Vickers lied to officers, claiming he was not responsible for the injuries.
Vickers, 37, of Recreation Place, Holbeck, pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of assault by beating.
The court heard the defendant had mental health issues at the time and pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage.
Sentencing, The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Guy Kearl QC, said: "What you did was to attack a vulnerable man in his own home.
"It was against a man in your care in a domestic context.
"You deliberately targeted him knowing he was helpless."