Son lashed out after a row over a fiver

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A wayward son admitted slapping and headbutting his mother’s partner after he had been arguing with her about borrowing £5.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Zaccary Sedgwick, 20, of no fixed abode, had asked his mother if he could borrow £5 and when she said no an argument erupted and Sedgwick lashed out at her partner Richard Tupman.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said: “Sedgwick had been pestering his mum for £5 to go out but she refused and this escalated into an argument in the house.

“His five year-old sister was in bed and Richard Tupman came downstairs and Sedgwick was asked to leave and he was swearing and shouting and he slapped Mr Tupman across the face.

“Zac apologised to his mum and picked up keys and there was a struggle to get the keys away from him and Sedgwick head-butted Mr Tupman in an unprovoked assault.”

The court heard how Sedgwick had been out with friends who were buying alcohol and he returned to the family home in Chesterfield to get money and during the subsequent row he apologised to his mother.

Defence solicitor Steve Brint said Sedgwick had “come off the rails” as youngster and drink had been an issue but during the last three years he had begun sorting his life out. Sedgwick pleaded guilty to common assault after the attack in June. Magistrates sentenced Sedgwick to a community order and ordered him to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.