Man assaulted mum and brother during row

Published date: 15 June 2012 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN assaulted his brother and his mother during a family argument.

Gareth Graham Griffiths, 26, bit his brother twice, once on the face.

But it was claimed at Flintshire Magistrates Court yesterday that Griffiths had himself been hit over the head with a bottle by his brother and had to have glass removed from his injuries.

Griffiths, of Bryn y Foel, Rhosesmor, near Mold, admitted two charges of common assault on his mother Tanya Griffiths and brother Jack Griffiths.

He was placed on a 12 month community order with 60 hours unpaid work, supervision and a low intensive alcohol programme.

Griffiths was also ordered to pay £300 costs.

The Mold court heard how Griffiths and another brother had been to a club in Liverpool.

They got separated and Griffiths assumed his brother had returned home and went home alone.

An argument developed when he got home because he had returned without his brother.

He and his other brother started scuffling, the mother tried to separate them and she got injured.

In a basis of plea Griffiths said he was on top of his brother on the sofa. He was hit on the head with a bottle and in temper he struck his brother twice to the face.

He had also bitten him and his brother ended up with a swollen and bruised eye, a bite mark to the left temple, a bite mark to his finger and scratches to his cheek and neck, said Matthew Ellis, prosecuting.

His mother ended up with a lump to the back of the head and cuts to her leg, hand and forearm.

Griffiths admitted assaulting her on a reckless basis during the scuffle.

Phillip Marshall-Thomas, defending, said the family members had since reconciled.
If alcohol had not been consumed by all parties the incident would not have happened, he said.


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