Boy, 11, tried to protect mum during Hayle assault
TRURO magistrates heard how an 11-year-old boy had tried to protect his mother when a man who had been on holiday with them attacked her in their Hayle apartment.
The boy had pushed the 43-year-old man away from her and when she was then headbutted by him the child went to protect her again, only to receive a blow on the chin from the man, knocking him on to a bed.
When he and his mother moved into another room away from trouble, the boy put a cupboard across the doorway to keep their attacker out.
Gary Jason Benton, who lives in Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty to assaulting the mother, and the 11-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, at the Sandbanks Holiday Apartments in Hayle on August 26.
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Gail Hawkley, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the mother had a back injury at the time and found it difficult to hold heavy things while she was getting a meal.
This caused an argument with Benton who said he suspected her behaviour was due to drink.
They decided to sleep in separate bedrooms, and as she went to his room to collect her things he grabbed hold of her neck, pushing her backwards. He followed her as she moved out and headbutted her on the nose.
He later told police he had clashed heads with her accidentally. Ms Hawkley said the child did not receive any lasting injury, but the mother had bruises and swelling to her face, arms and legs, and her lower back.
Benton, who had previous convictions including for violence, had his case transferred to Wolverhampton for sentence after magistrates asked for a probation report with all options open.
The case will be heard there on November 20.