A former amateur boxer from Selsey has narrowly avoided jail for attacking his elderly parents.
On Monday, Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard how Mark Steadman hit his 72-year-old father on the back of the head and pushed his 70-year-old mother over while in a drunken rage at their home in East Street, Selsey on January 28.
Steadman, 49, pleaded guilty to three counts of assault and was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months.
Magistrate Marley Isaac described his actions as ‘disgraceful and horrible’ and said: “Your parents are absolutely terrified of you. Your mother has no right to be terrified of her own son.”
Steadman was handed a restraining order preventing him from contacting or seeing his parents and was ordered to attend sessions to deal with his alcohol problem.