Binge drinker avoids jail after attack on grandmother-in-law

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.
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A binge-drinking house husband attacked his “grandmother-in-law” pushing her and grabbing her by the throat.

Father-of-two Andrew Ian Maymond (33) left the victim, whose television he also smashed, in fear and injured after the outburst on May 24th.

Burnley magistrates were told how Maymond had recently lost his job as a carpet fitter. He was a house husband at the time, looking after the children, cleaning and shopping and this caused a lot of tension in the household.

Maymond was said to be very fearful of the prospect of going to prison as he stood in the dock, but he was spared after the justices imposed a non-custodial sentence.

The defendant, of Waterbarn Street, Burnley, admitted assault by beating and criminal damage to the value of £400 to the television. He was given a 12-month community order, with a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to 15 days and 50 hours unpaid work. He was ordered to pay his victim £250 compensation and must also pay a £150 criminal court charge.

A probation officer told the hearing Maymond accepted full responsibility for his actions and had acted stupidly on the night of the offences.

The officer said the defendant conceded he was drunk. He did not appear to have any alcohol dependency, but seemed to be a binge drinker. Maymond’s judgement had been clouded by alcohol. He was currently living with his mother, but was hoping to move back in with his wife and children.

The officer continued: “He was a house husband at the time, looking after the children and doing the shopping and cleaning and this caused a lot of tension in the household.”

The hearing was told the defendant was assessed as posing a low risk of re-offending and as a medium risk of harm. Sentencing, the Bench told Maymond the victim was vulnerable and suffered injury and fear. They added he had no relevant previous convictions and had shown great remorse.