Drunk beat stepdad in row over door key

A DRUNK admitted assaulting his stepfather in an early morning argument after being unable to find his front door key.

Kirklees magistrates heard that Adam Armitage, of Norman Road, Mirfield, takes medication for depression and ADHD and is not supposed to drink but had done so on the night of  March 11.

He woke his stepfather on his return at 4am when he could not find his key. Andy Wills, prosecuting, said: “There was knocking at the door and he let the defendant in.

“He was drunk, swearing and demanding to know why the key was not where it should have been.

“The abuse continued and he started thumping and kicking Mr Moorhouse (his stepfather) about his body.”

The 24-year-old then pushed his stepfather onto the sofa, before crying and saying that he’d lost his girlfriend. He started punching Mr Moorhouse again but his wife intervened.

Armitage then turned on her and grabbed a knife from the kitchen but he went outside and Mr Moorhouse locked him out because they did not feel safe.

Mr Wills said: “He went crazy, banging on the door as if he was going to break it.

“They didn’t feel safe and called police.”

The case was adjourned to May 2 for a probation report.

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