Councillor Simon Arthur sent to prison after attacking mum
A COUNCILLOR who assaulted his 87-year-old mother and then brandished a kitchen knife at police officers has been jailed for four months.
Simon Hugh Arthur, 44, admitted the assault on his elderly mother, Isabelle Arthur, after he had tried to drag her from the car parked outside her home on Summerland Lane in Newton.
In a statement read to Swansea Magistrates' Court Mrs Arthur said she regularly went to a Mumbles car park to avoid going home, and had even slept there overnight previously because she was afraid to go home to the home she shared with her son, who is a Mumbles community councillor.
On July 21 she had been parked outside her home at 11.30pm, when Arthur came out and tried to pull her from her car, telling her she would "burn in hell" and "suffer in the afterlife".
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He had grabbed her stick from her, and she had crawled into the road hoping to attract the attention. A passing female motorist called police, and Arthur later attempted to lunge at officers with a kitchen knife after they arrived, prompting one to subdue Arthur by punching him in the face.
At an earlier hearing, it was revealed Arthur had admitted to police he had punched his mother on a number of previous occasions. And he was said to have told officers on the night that "it is all her fault" and that she had been "dragging him down through life".
Arthur later claimed to have no memory of the attack and said he had drunk more than a bottle of wine.
Nick Devonald, defending, said that two weeks in custody was "beneficial" in helping Arthur reflect on what happened.
"Mr Arthur spent the first week reflecting on himself and his own position, and what had led him to be in that position and what he should do," he said.
"He spent the second week on reflecting what his actions had done to others."
Sentencing him to four months for each offence, to run concurrently, chairman of the bench Elliot Griffiths also made him subject of an indefinite restraining order, preventing him living with his mother after release.