Former councillor who assaulted elderly mum can contact her again
A FORMER Lib Dem councillor who assaulted his elderly mother will now be allowed contact with her after she applied for a restraining order to be lifted.
Simon Arthur, aged 45, was jailed in August 2012 for four months after he admitted assaulting his then 87-year-old mother.
She this week attended Swansea Magistrates’ Court and asked for the restraining order which had been imposed to stop him contacting her to be lifted.
Arthur had admitted on July 21, 2012, that he had tried to drag his mother from the car parked outside her home on Summerland Lane in Newton before telling her she would “burn in hell” and “suffer in the afterlife” before grabbing her walking stick from her.
She had crawled into the road to summon help.
Arthur, of Sketty Park Drive in Sketty had hit her on a number of previous occasions and she told police she had regularly gone 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 was then a Mumbles community councillor who had also stood as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in 2010.
Arthur later claimed to have no memory of the attack and said he had drunk more than a bottle of wine.
In the brief hearing in front of District Judge Richard Williams, Mrs Arthur asked that the order be lifted.
He asked her if she had wanted the order in place at the time of conviction and she answered: “I suppose I did, yes”.
He asked: “Do you still want it?”
“No,” she replied.
The judge asked: “What’s happened for you to change your mind?”
Mrs Arthur replied: “Well, my association with my son is much better. I also feel that he’s had enough punishment and that I want to have the relationship back again”.
She confirmed it was her idea alone to ask for the order to be lifted and no pressure had been put on her.
The judge finally asked: “You remain of the view that this order needs to be lifted and you understand if I do, I can’t put it back?”
She replied: “I understand, I really plead with you to let me do that.”
The judge then lifted the order, meaning contact can resume between Mrs Arthur and her only son.