Family's Christmas prospect was dashed
HOPES of a family Christmas with their son were dashed for his parents when he assaulted them two days earlier.
Stepfather David and mother Catherine Heyes said they did not want Jamie Read in the home again, drunk or sober, after he left her with a painful arm and him with a cut to his head, Truro magistrates heard.
Read, 23, of Edmond Road, Redruth, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr and Mrs Heyes and breaching a conditional discharge.
Alison May, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Read's difficult behaviour at home had resulted in him living in hostels and other placements.
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He was recently allowed home to try to help him with his problems. On December 23 his mother found him urinating into a linen basket in the bathroom, and he shouted and swore at her, before pushing her against the door frame, causing her to shout out in panic.
Mr Heyes thought Read was going to swing at him and grabbed him by the wrist, when Read then head-butted him on the forehead, causing a bloody cut.
Read told police he consumed 12 cans of Strongbow and things were "a bit of a blur" after that. He had previous convictions.
Mark Charnley, for the defence, said Read had a chronic alcohol problem.
"He can drink a staggering amount," he said, "almost ten times what is safely recommended on a daily basis."
Read was given a community order with supervision for 18 months and alcohol treatment for six months. He had to pay costs of £85.