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Tiler who head butted father jailed

PUBLISHED: 12:11 22 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

A THUG who head-butted his own father and then did the same thing to a police officer is starting a three-month prison sentence.

Ipswich tiler Christopher Upton pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm to Colin Upton, and a further charge of assault on police.

A THUG who head-butted his own father and then did the same thing to a police officer is starting a three-month prison sentence.

Ipswich tiler Christopher Upton pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm to Colin Upton, and a further charge of assault on police. He also admitted harassing his former girlfriend Deborah Oxbrow.

Magistrates in Ipswich heard 34-year-old Upton harassed Miss Oxbrow between May 24 and June 9, following the breakdown of their relationship.

On one occasion he told her "I am going to get a gun and blow your head off".

Following the break-up Upton moved into his parents Ipswich home but his drinking lead to a violent outbreak.

At a hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court David Taylor, prosecuting, said: "On July 13 he returned home to Eden Road where he lived with his parents. He was intoxicated, has an argument with his mother and becomes aggressive towards her. His father intervenes and asks him to leave."

Mr Taylor then read a statement from the defendant's father. Mr Upton senior said: "He kicked me away and said 'If you touch me I will kill you' he then head-butted me in my face."

While Mr Upton senior was trying to restrain his son, mother Dawn Upton telephoned the police. Christopher Upton was arrested and taken to the police station.

As he was released from the police van he head-butted Pc Malcolm Innes in the face.

Colin Upton received cuts to his hand, scratches on his back and an injury to his lip from the attack by his son.

In a statement read at court he said: "I am shocked by what has happened and to see my son's behaviour deteriorate so much, I think he needs professional help."

Ian Persaud, defending, said that although Upton pleaded guilty to harassment of Miss Oxbrow he described her behaviour as "agitating and manipulative."

He said: "When she says he has jumped out in front of her car and she ran into the house and he says I am going to get a gun and blow her head off – he didn't seriously mean that he was."

Referring to the two assaults Mr Persaud said they were drink related and that Upton did not accept that he had deliberately head-butted Pc Innes.

Letters from Colin Upton praising his sons change in character since the incident were read out in court.

In sentencing, Kate Redmond, chairman of the bench, said: "For assault on a police officer we find this so serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate."

He was sentenced to three months in prison for the assault on Pc Innes plus one month each for the other two charges, to run concurrently. He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to the police officer, to be paid within three months after his release from prison.

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