Man denies assaulting elderly father
Crown counsel Nicole Smith painted a picture of sibling rivalry over property owned by a senior citizen with two sets of children from two marriages.
In an intense round of cross examination, the defendant at the centre of the Magistrates’ Court case of alleged abuse maintained that he cursed, but never laid a hand on his father who is now 86 years old.
The 34-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons also denied that he damaged his father’s glasses on April 1, 2011.
It is alleged that he caused injuries to his father’s neck, back and arm in an altercation that centred around a dispute over a parking spot for the car owned by the girlfriend of his older brother.
It was during a heated argument that resulted in a fight between the two brothers that the alleged offence occurred.
Ms Smith asked the defendant yesterday if the altercation was a direct result of issues over the inheritance of his father’s property.
The defendant replied: “No that’s not true.” He agreed that he and his father had arguments over his older brother.
When asked if he was jealous of his older brother “because he had your father’s ear and confidence”, he said: “No I’m not jealous of him.”
He also denied the suggestion that the siblings of his father’s two marriages “don’t get along”.
Ms Smith suggested that the defendant was more than upset when his girlfriend who was also living in the Southampton home received a letter informing her that she could not live there.
“You thought your girlfriend was entitled to stay there, didn’t you?” she asked. “And even though you were born and raised in your father’s house you would agree that you have no entitlement — correct?”
The defendant said: “Yes.” But he denied that he and his girlfriend had arguments over whether or not she would testify. He also maintained that his father may have sustained the injuries in question as a result of a fall down a flight of steps two days after the alleged incident.
Ms Smith asked him why he didn’t tell that to the police in question, the defendant said it was because he didn’t remember.
Said Ms Smith: “You didn’t tell them because it didn’t happen.” The defendant replied: “It did happen, I was there and I saw it and I’ve got witnesses.”
Ms Smith continued: “You grabbed him around the neck and put a hold on him, when he tried to walk away from you, then you flung him into the cabinets. In fact you had him by his throat when there was a knock on the door?”
The defendant said that’s not what happened and that his father could have been injured when he jumped on his back while he and his brother were fighting.
The case continues. Defence lawyer Victoria Pearman has already indicated that she plans to call at least two or three witnesses.