Liberal Democrat councillor Simon Arthur jailed for assaulting mother

 

An outspoken councillor who beat his 87-year-old mother so often that she slept in her car to avoid him has been jailed for four months.

Terrified Isabelle Arthur, of Swansea, south Wales, was almost dragged from her car by her hair in the violent attack last month.

Drunken son Simon Arthur, 44, snapped when he saw her sitting in the car outside their home, too scared to come inside.

The motiveless attack continued as his mother tried to crawl away and was only stopped when a passer-by intervened.

Arthur has a familiar public face in Swansea as a readily quotable Liberal Democrat Mumbles community councillor.

His actions hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons when he angrily attacked his elderly mother on July 21.

Police were called after the initial attack which happened outside their home in Summerland Lane, Newton.

Arthur then threatened to attack an officer with a kitchen knife when police came to the house in the early hours of the next morning.

He has now been jailed at Swansea Magistrates' Court after admitting assault by beating his mother and assaulting a police officer.

Arthur has been involved in six domestic violence incidents against his mother since August last year.

Sharon Anderson, prosecuting, said that the attack last month happened after Mrs Arthur had been out for the evening.

Mrs Arthur later told police: "I had been out for the day with a friend and it had been lovely."

To get away from her son she previously drove to a local car park and slept in her car. When she arrived home she found he locked her out and so decided to sit in the car outside to avoid a confrontation.

Arthur spotted his mother from an upstairs window more than three hours later and immediately went outside and attacked her. He tried to drag her from the car by her hair, shouting "you will burn in hell" and "you'll suffer in the afterlife".

The court heard that she fell to the ground but managed to drag herself along the floor and out of the driveway.

"It was as if he was possessed," she told police.

Mrs Arthur managed to head off down the road and was saved by a passer-by who stopped Arthur's continuing attack.

Later Arthur pulled out a kitchen knife when police entered his home in the early hours of the morning, although they disarmed him.

"I punched Mr Arthur in the face with a clench fist," the officer confronted with the knife wrote in his report.

Arthur later claimed to have no memory of the attack and said he had drunk more than a bottle of wine.

He also admitted other attacks on his mother during which he "pulled her hair or pushed her when she was slow doing things".

Nick Devonald, defending, said that two weeks in custody was "beneficial" in helping Arthur reflect on what happened.

"Mr Arthur spent the first week reflecting on himself and his own position, and what had led him to be in that position and what he should do," he said.

"He spent the second week on reflecting what his actions had done to others. That is what he said to me."

Eliot Griffiths, chairman of magistrates, told Arthur that both offences passed the threshold of custody.

"We are talking of an assault by Mr Arthur on his 87-year-old mother in which a passer-by had to intervene to protect Mrs Arthur and prevent escalation of the assault."

The court imposed an indefinite restraining order on Arthur, which prevents him living with his mother after he is released from jail.

The local branch of the Lib Dems has suspended Arthur and is expected to expel him.

PA

News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
News
newsBear sweltering in zoo that reaches temperatures of 40 degrees
Arts and Entertainment
Brendan O'Carroll has brought out his female alter-ego Agnes Brown for Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie
filmComedy holds its place at top of the UK box office
News
Ian Thorpe has thanked his supporters after the athlete said in an interview that he is gay
people
Arts and Entertainment
Professor Kathy Willis will showcase plants from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
radioPlants: From Roots to Riches has been two years in the making
Arts and Entertainment
TV The follow-up documentary that has got locals worried
Arts and Entertainment
Eminem's daughter Hailie has graduated from high school
music
Arts and Entertainment
Original Netflix series such as Orange Is The New Black are to benefit from a 'substantial' increase in investment
TVHoax announcement had caused outrage
Life and Style
Swimsuit, £245, by Agent Provocateur
fashion

Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes

News
One Direction star Harry Styles who says he has no plans to follow his pal Cara Delevingne down the catwalk.
peopleManagement confirms rumours singer is going it alone are false
Arts and Entertainment
Curtain calls: Madani Younis
theatreMadani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Arts and Entertainment
'Deep Breath' is Peter Capaldi's first full-length adventure as the twelfth Doctor
TVFirst episode of new series has ended up on the internet
Life and Style
Douglas McMaster says the food industry is ‘traumatised’
food + drinkSilo in Brighton will have just six staple dishes on the menu every day, including one meat option, one fish, one vegan, and one 'wild card'
Sport
Mario Balotelli, Divock Origi, Loic Remy, Wilfried Bony and Karim Benzema
transfersBony, Benzema and the other transfer targets
Life and Style
Once a month, waistline watcher Suran steps into a 3D body scanner that maps his body shape and records measurements with pinpoint accuracy
techFrom heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?