BREAKING ERITH KENT Lodon

A man has been jailed after falsely imprisoning his own mother and attacking her over a period of hours – only stopping because he fell asleep

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Sean Wilson, 23 , from Erith, was found to be ‘dangerous’ by the judge and was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday, 3 December to eight years’ imprisonment – with four years being served on licence. He must serve at least 32 months in prison.

Wilson pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm and false imprisonment at the same court on Tuesday, 20 October.

The court heard how Wilson had been released from prison on Friday, 19 March after serving a sentence for stabbing his mother.

When he was released from prison, his mother – aged in her 40s – agreed to let him stay at her home while arrangements were made to find accommodation for him.

However, a mere eight days later, on Saturday, 27 March he became violent and told his mother that ‘she was the reason he had gone to prison’ and began to attack her.

He pushed her to the floor and held her in a chokehold, cutting off her air. He slapped and punched her face and head, and choked her in the crook of his elbow. For about an hour, he kept punching her around the head and putting her into headlocks.

He then led his mother to the kitchen, where he told her to sit on the floor. He refused to let her leave and continued to assault her.

She was kept in the kitchen for two hours, but then Wilson ordered her back to the lounge and began to choke her again.

It was only when he fell asleep that his mother was able to get to a phone and call the police.

Officers attended and arrested Wilson – thankfully his mother did not suffer serious injuries.

Wilson was interviewed, but claimed he could not remember the events dues to heavy drinking. He was charged with actual bodily harm and false imprisonment.

Detective Constable Carly Walker, from the South East Basic Command Unit’s CID, said: “This case shows that violence is not only restricted to partners or spouses. Domestic violence can also affect mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers. But whatever the relationship, police are determined to support victims and bring perpetrators to justice.

“Wilson carried out an awful attack on his own mother and we were determined that he should be brought to account. We would not accept pleas to anything less than all the charges. I would ask anyone who is suffering from domestic violence to call police or one of the many domestic violence agencies. There is support and advice for those who need it, you just have to make the call.

“Domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality or social background. If you are suffering from physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse, or are being threatened, intimidated or stalked by a current or previous partner or close family member, it is likely you are a victim of domestic abuse.

“You may be feeling frightened, isolated, ashamed or confused. If you have children it may be that they too are suffering, whether they witness abuse or not. Remember, you are not to blame for what is happening. You are not alone, and above all you do not have to suffer in silence – help is available to report domestic abuse.”

Victims and third parties can report domestic abuse to a number of agencies and support services.