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September 5, 2012
Swansea Lib Dem Councillor Jailed for Attacking 87-Year-Old Mother (WALES)
(Published on 6 August, 2012)
A Liberal Democrat community councillor has been jailed for four months for punching his 87-year-old mother.
Swansea magistrates heard Simon Arthur, 44, had treated his mother Isabelle Arthur, "like a dog" for years.
He admitted assaulting pensioner Mrs Arthur, who uses a walking stick, in the driveway of their home in Newton near Mumbles.
After the case Swansea Lib Dems said he had been suspended and steps taken to permanently expel him from the party.
Prosecutor Sharon Anderson told the court Mrs Arthur had been out for the day, but she was too scared to return home, choosing to wait in a car park.
"She regularly went to the car park to avoid going home and had even slept there overnight previously," she said.
“He has a nasty temper and has got more controlling since my husband died 22 years ago” Isabelle Arthur .
"Around 8pm she did go home and parked in the driveway but her son had locked all the doors to their home.
"At around 11.30pm he came out of the house and began the attack," Ms Anderson added.
In a statement Mrs Arthur said her son had come over to the driver's side door and grabbed her hair and tried to pull her out of the car.
"It was like he was possessed," she said.
During the attack he had shouted "You'll burn, you'll suffer in the after life", she added.
When police arrived Arthur opened a drawer in the kitchen and grabbed a knife.
He lunged at Pc Greg Bowen who managed to dodge the blade before disarming the councillor, who was a Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate in the 2010 general election.
Mrs Arthur said her son had never had a proper job and relied on her for financial support
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