Simon Arthur (Liberal Democrats)
Councillor Simon Hugh Arthur has admitted assaulting his 87 year-old mother who said she was “terrified” by her son after he subjected her to a catalogue of assaults.
Simon Hugh Arthur, 44, admitted trying to drag his elderly mother, Isabelle Arthur, from her car.
Arthur, who represents Newton ward on Mumbles Community Council, also admitted grabbing a knife and lunging towards a police officer.
Mrs Arthur said she was “terrified” by her son, who had stood as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the 2010 General Election.
Sharon Anderson, prosecuting, read a statement to Swansea Magistrates Court from Mrs Arthur in which she said her son “treats her like a dog”, and that she is living on eggshells.
The prosecutor added that Arthur had admitted to police in interview that he had punched his mother on a number of previous occasions.
Mrs Arthur — who was described in court as “frail” — had been out for the day on July 21 but said she was too scared to return to the home they share, instead choosing to wait in a Mumbles car park.
She said she regularly went to the car park to avoid going home, and had even slept there overnight previously.
Around 8pm she did go home and parked in the driveway but her son had locked all the doors to their home in Summerland Lane, Newton.
The court heard that at around 11.30pm Arthur came out of the house and began the attack.
Mrs Arthur’s statement read: “He came over, opened the driver’s side door, grabbed hold of my hair and tried to pull me out of the car. It was like he was possessed.”
He tried to grab her a second time, but failed, before shouting “You’ll burn” and “You’ll suffer in the after life”.
The court was told Mrs Arthur, who uses a walking stick, then tried to make her way down the driveway to get help but her son grabbed her stick from her, using it to block her path.
Mrs Arthur fell to the ground and dragged herself along the floor.
She crawled out of the drive and her son followed, eventually trying to pick her up — but she told him to leave her alone.
A neighbour saw what was going on and called the police.
Mrs Arthur escaped serious injury in the assault.
In her statement she said her son had never had a proper job and always relied on her for financial support.
He had a “nasty temper,” and he had got “more controlling” since Mrs Arthur’s husband died 22 years ago.
Last year, after Mrs Arthur’s twin brother, Peter, died Arthur’s behaviour “escalated,” she said.
Ms Anderson said after his uncle’s death, Arthur told his mother: “It should be you that’s gone, not Peter” and “I hope you have an awful death”.
In her statement Mrs Arthur said: “I try and let it go over my head but when it’s physical, I can’t excuse it.”
When police arrived on the night of the attack, they took Arthur into the kitchen where he opened a drawer and grabbed a knife.
A statement by PC Greg Bowen which was read out to the court described how Arthur raised the knife above his head and lunged at the officer.
PC Bowen and another officer managed to grab the knife.
“If he’d have been given a split second more than allowed he would have brought the knife down on me,” the constable’s statement said.
Arthur later told police he had he locked the doors to the house “out of spite”, and said he did not remember most of the incident and had drunk more than a bottle of wine.
In his interview, he said he did not intend to hurt the police officer, but wanted to commit suicide.
The court heard Mrs Arthur did not support the prosecution against her son and would not make a formal complaint but wanted him to get help.
Her statement continued: “I now realise he will hurt me if he carries on, I don’t know what I have done to deserve this. I want him out of my house, I want him to get the help he needs.”
Magistrates were told she had contacted social services who had advised her to write a letter, asking her son to leave the premises — but he had responded by laughing and throwing it away.
Arthur had been involved in six domestic violence incidents against his mother since August last year, the court heard.
After he admitted having previously punched his mother, officers asked him to indicate the force he had used on a scale of one to ten. He replied “two”.
Laura Sherwood, representing Arthur, said she did not plan to mitigate until a pre-sentence report had been prepared.
Arthur, who admitted two charges of common assault, was remanded in custody until August 6.