Man admits attacking wife and son

A FORMER funeral director returned home after watching sports matches in a social club and attacked his wife and son.Graham Wilks refused to eat the dinner his wife had made for him on his return to the family home, in Tintern Close, Ipswich, on May 12.

A FORMER funeral director returned home after watching sports matches in a social club and attacked his wife and son.

Graham Wilks refused to eat the dinner his wife had made for him on his return to the family home, in Tintern Close, Ipswich, on May 12.

He had already been drinking at the social club but went on to drink bottles of rum, vodka and ouzo before attacking members of his family and a police officer called to deal with the situation.

The 51-year-old, who now lives at Columbyne Close, Stowupland admitted he had a drink problem, pleaded guilty to three assault charges at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.

Gareth Davies, prosecuting, said: “He returned home from the social club and Mrs Wilks had prepared him a meal. He refused it and started drinking beer. He was very agitated.

“Arguments started between Mr and Mrs Wilks about 7pm and he became abusive.”

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By 9pm his wife went to check on him and he was sitting on the sofa with his head in his hands rocking to and fro. He had an empty bottle of rum beside him.

Mr Davies added: “He was abusive and swore at them.

“He tried to get his son to hit him and then started to push him around. His son fell backwards on to a door frame.

“He raised his fist and then turned on his wife, pushing her over the staircase.”

Police were called to the property but Wilks, who now works as a traffic manager closing roads when work needs to be done, refused to let them in.

Officers had to use a ladder to get in through a first floor window and once inside Wilks punched out, striking one in the chest. CS spray was used to prevent him from attacking anyone else.

Harriett Balcombe, mitigating, said: “He has been aware for some time his marriage is in crisis and although his family have been trying to communicate to him that he had a serious drink problem - it took this situation for him to accept it.

“He has no memory of what happened after drinking a bottle of vodka and only really remembers being at the social club watching sport.

“He says he feels totally gutted.”

Wilks will be sentenced on June 13.