Addict attacked his own family

A DRUG addict who assaulted his mother and brother has avoided prison. 

Gary Martin Whitaker, 36, who has a long-standing addiction to drugs including crack cocaine, went to his mother’s home in Lyndale Mews, Dewsbury, on June 22.

He asked her for money, to which she responded by giving him £10, which she suspected was for drugs.

Whitaker returned to the house a short time later, but was then unable to find what he had just bought and demanded more money from his mother.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Whitaker’s mother refused to give him more money and called for her other son, Aaron, at which point Whitaker flipped the dining room table over.

His brother left the house at this point to avoid a fight and Whitaker followed his mother to the bathroom and threatened to smash a lamp.

Whitaker’s brother then returned to the house and the two became involved in a brawl.

Whitaker punched his brother in the face several times and elbowed his mother when she tried to come between the two.

He then ran downstairs while his brother took the opportunity to leave the house.

The court was told that Whitaker then armed himself with a knife and smashed a mirror with it.

He then pulled his mother to the floor before appearing to calm down and began to cry.

He left as police arrived but was arrested soon afterwards.

His brother was left with bruises to his face and back and a broken finger, while his mother was left shaken and distressed.

Anastasis Tassou, mitigating, said that Whitaker had no previous convictions for violence and the offence was out of character.

His family said they wanted him to get help for his drug problem.

Whitaker, of Eightlands Road, Dewsbury, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison, suspended for two years, 30 rehabilitation days, a drug rehabilitation order for nine months and a three-month curfew.

He was also banned from entering Lyndale Mews for five years.

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