Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 6°C

Search

Holbrook: Drug user jailed for two years for attacking his mother during row

PUBLISHED: 06:00 13 August 2014

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

Archant

A man who pushed his mother over during a row after he had been drinking and taking drugs has been jailed for two years.

Shirley Catling suffered a gash to her head measuring 2cm by 2cm after 38-year-old Mark Baker pushed her “hard” across the room at his 84-year-old grandmother’s house in Holbrook, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Robert Sadd, prosecuting said Baker was upset that his dealer 
had not been allowed to deliver 
drugs to the house and after assaulting his mother he had damaged 
property in the house including a table, a television cabinet and a 
wall belonging to Barbara Curtis.

Baker, of Ipswich Road, Holbrook, admitted assaulting Shirley Catling causing her actual bodily harm on April 4, criminal damage, producing two cannabis plants and living at Council Cottages in Holbrook in breach of a restraining order which restricted his contact with his grandmother and visits to her home

Jailing him for two years Judge John Devaux told Baker he was prepared to use violence to control people including members of his family and to bully them into doing what he wanted.

Mr Sadd told the court that Baker had a long-term problem with substance abuse which had resulted in “poor” behaviour by him.

Despite a restraining order which only allowed him to visit his grandmother’s house between 10am and 7pm by prior arrangement with her Baker had moved into her home and was living there in April when the offences were committed.

Craig Marchant, for Baker, said his client had lived on and off with his grandmother for 13 years and had effectively been brought up by her.

At the time of the offences in April his mother, who lives in Nottingham, had been visiting Suffolk.

Baker had been agitated and pushed his mother when she approached him in a bid to calm him down.

“He pushed her far too hard and as a result she fell and struck her head. He didn’t intend to cause her harm,” said Mr Marchant.

He said that since Baker had been in custody he had apologised to his mother and grandmother for his behaviour and he was determined to stay away from alcohol and drugs in the future.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The male model, who was crowned winner of The Great Pottery Throw Down on BBC Two tonight, has also revealed his love of clay was sparked by a Tinder date.

A message on Holbrook Academy’s website tonight said Anglian Water engineers will be working through the night to repair a burst water main which closed the school today.

Khalid Masood, 52, was shot dead by police after mowing down pedestrians in a car on Westminster Bridge and stabbing to death Pc Keith Palmer in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament yesterday.

Clothing worn by music mega star Ed Sheeran is going under the online hammer to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

As the family of Westminster hero Pc Keith Palmer paid their tribute to him, the sister of the last Suffolk officer to die in the line of duty gave an insight into their long road ahead.

The leisure centre in Crown Street was closed for around an hour this morning after police were called to reports of two men behaving suspiciously inside.

More than £75,000 has been given away to good causes in Suffolk to recognise the outstanding work they do in the community.

By strange and unhappy coincidence, I was going to write this week about terrorism, writes MP for Ipswich, Ben Gummer in the wake of the Westminster attacks.

Shopping in Ipswich is to get a welcome boost over the next few months as new stores open in the town centre.

Youngsters at St Helen’s Primary School in Ipswich are preparing for their first performance outside of school with a special two-date show at DanceEast.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24