A Redemption Sharpes man, in a drunken rage, on Friday, beat his mother while threatening to kill her and pursued her to her mother’s house, telling his grandmother to throw her out so he could end her life.
Today (Monday), at the Serious Offences Court, Dwight Taylor, 31, pleaded guilty to a charge that he assaulted his mother, Elizabeth Young, 45, causing actual bodily harm.
The man told Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne that he was so drunk that he cannot remember the episode.
The chief magistrate remanded him into custody until Thursday so he could “dry out a bit” before being sentenced.
The facts of the case are that the virtual complainant and her son live in the same house at Redemption Sharpes.
On Saturday, about 8:50 p.m., the mother was at home in bed when she heard a banging on the kitchen door.
The woman, on arrival at the door, recognised her son, the defendant, who appeared to be highly intoxicated.
She scolded him about coming to her house when drunk, then asked him if he wanted any food.
However, the man told his mother, “I don’t want no f***ing food. I will kill myself.”
He continued with his drunken behaviour and to argue.
Taylor’s mother told him not to make any noise because her husband, who was ill, was sleeping.
However, Taylor continued to argue with his mother, who went to her bedroom to get dressed to go make a report to the police.
As the woman was doing this, her son grabbed her from behind and started to beat her about the body with his hand.
Her also beat her in the ribs and twisted her left hand.
The woman began to complain and cry out for pain about her body but her son continued to beat her, saying, “I come to f**ing kill you and your husband.”
On hearing this, the woman became to scream and cry out, telling her son to stop.
He, however, dragged his mother by her shirt to the kitchen and cornered her, and began to search the table, as if looking for a knife.
The man picked up a spatula and began to beat his mother on her side and squeeze her neck.
The woman was able to grab her son’s hand and was eventually able to escape.
She ran to her bedroom, grabbed the key and opened the living room door and ran to her mother’s house, which is located nearby.
While the woman was at her mother’s house waiting for the police to arrive, her son came by and started arguing again.
He told his grandmother to let his mother come to the road so that he could kill her.
The matter was reported to the police and Taylor was arrested and charged.
In mitigation, the defendant told the court that he wanted to apologise because he did not know anything at all because he was intoxicated.
“So you cudda [could have] killed her and not know and then say you sorry,” the chief magistrate said.
“And I do believe you don’t know anything,” Browne added.
She, however, further stated that the man had gone to the right house, had addressed his mother as his mother, he then assaulted her, she fled and he followed her.
“That’s a serious problem you have here,” she said. “I have looked at you during the [reading] of the facts and that is a serious problem you have,” the chief magistrate further said.
She further said that the nature of the injuries that the woman suffered were “horrendous”, adding that the defendant could have been in court for a more serious charge.
“You have a serious, serious problem. You are seeing it yourself and you are still pursuing drinking,” the chief magistrate said.
She said that Taylor also had a conviction from April 2020 for assault.
“I am certain it’s the same circumstances. We can’t allow it to continue like that, Something has to be done,” she said.
“You need to cool out, dry out a bit,” the chief magistrate said and remanded the defendant into custody until Thursday for sentencing.
“You need to catch yourself. The woman could probably hardly move with these injuries,” Browne said, adding, “Injuries to the neck, back, and dislocation, abrasions about her body, and there’s a dislocation.”