Stepdad’s anger over ‘taxi service’ ended in assault
A BIRCHGROVE man who assaulted his stepson for apparently using his car “like a taxi service” has appeared in court.
Prosecutor Alison Bray told Swansea Magistrates’ Court that Jeffrey Derrick, aged 45, had been arguing with his stepson, Peter Sampson, about him using the car “like a taxi service”.
“The defendant was a little annoyed at the complainant because he appeared to be using the car as a taxi service and this escalated into a further argument,” she said.
Mr Sampson got out of the car and walked off but Derrick followed him and told him “you think you’re clever”, before grabbing him with both hands round the throat. Mr Sampson fell to the floor during the attack and blacked out. He was left with reddening to his throat.
He said he had tried to pull Derrick’s hands off his throat but could not and members of the family were stood nearby and could see the attack taking place.
Derrick, of Heol Camlan in Birchgrove, had admitted the attack in interview and pleaded guilty to assault by beating.
Magistrates read a pre-sentence report on Derrick before sentencing him to a six-month community order, including supervision. He was also told to pay £50 compensation, £85 in costs and a £60 surcharge.