Son banned from having any contact with mum following assault on step-dad

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A 20-year-old man has been banned from having any contact with his mum and his step-dad after twice assaulting the older man.

Blackburn magistrates heard there had been a degree of provocation on both occasions and neither had been reported to the police.

Oliver Thomas Ward, of Morley Avenue, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting Michael Wynn and one of using threatening behaviour. He was made subject to community supervision for 12 months and ordered to pay £150 criminal court charge, £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge. He was made subject to a restraining order for 12 months which prohibits him from having any contact with his mother, Sarah Marrow, or Michael Wynn or going within 100m of the family home in Woone Lane, Clitheroe.

Parveen Akhtar, prosecuting, said the first incident had involved Ward pushing his stepfather after he followed him up to his room. The second, again a push, came after his parents had opened some personal mail. The final offence came when Ward returned home to find he had been locked out and he started shouting and banging on the door.

“He was still banging on the door when the police arrived,” said Miss Akhtar. “The defendant says he has lived with his stepfather for 15 years, but recently the relationship has deteriorated because he keeps going on about him getting a job and joining the army.

Philip Turner, defending, said there had been provocation before both assaults.

“There had been a row and my client walked away and went to his room, but was followed by his stepfather and then there was the incident with the private mail,” said Mr Turner.

He said Ward was employed and was a member of the Army Reserve.

“His stepfather kept pressing him to join the regular army, but he had reservations,” said Mr Turner. “After each alleged assault he remained at the family home and there was no complaint to the police. Prosecution only followed him being locked out. He was stunned when he learned his mother didn’t want any contact with him.”