Man poked mum in ribs

A 39-YEAR-OLD man assaulted his mother because “he could do what he wanted”, a court heard.

Anthony Gilbert, of Ballingdon Street, Sudbury, appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with assault by beating.

The court heard that Gilbert, who pleaded guilty, did not injure his mother, Patricia Gilbert, 62, during the incident on October 15.

Prosecutor Sarah-Jane Atkins said: “Mr Gilbert used both hands in a poking and jabbing motion towards her ribs.

“In police interview, he said he pushed her away with his arms, which he had done a lot, and when asked why he did this, he said ‘it is my mother – I will do what I want’.”

Mrs Atkins told the court that when Mrs Gilbert had started crying and said she was scared, Gilbert had said “good, you deserve it”.

In mitigation, Lyndon Davies said his client had been under a lot of stress during the time he was living with his mother in Highbury Way, Great Cornard, and had suffered with mental health problems.

“There was some tension with his mother, who he was back living with when the incident took place, and he accepts this wasn’t right and he behaved particularly badly on this occasion,” he said.

Gilbert was ordered to complete 60 hours of community work, made the subject of a 12-month supervision order and told to pay £400 prosecution costs.