Brother in court after assaulting sister

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A brother who assaulted his sister blamed the death of their father for the family feud.

Pleading guilty at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court, Glenn Wilson, 55, of McBurney Close, Halifax, said his relationship broke down with his sister six-years-ago, after the death of their father.

Prosecuting Lisa Beadle told the court that victim Sylvia Thompson recalls that she was “surprised” at her brother’s reaction to their father’s death and said so to her brother at the time of their father’s death. That was the start of the relationship breakdown Lisa Beadle told the court.

On July 27, Mrs Thompson visited her mother’s and was sitting on the sofa with her back to the door when her mother said: “You must go, Sylvia is here.”

The court heard the defendant then “lunged” towards the victim and pushed her into the sofa, pulled her hair back and held a tight grip on her head.

Mitigation Sam Jackson said it was an uneasy relationship between the brother and sister - saying the defendant thought it was disrespectful of his sister to attend their father’s funeral but accepts his behaviour was unacceptable and was aggravated by his drinking.

Magistrates’ imposed a restraining order on the defendant, imposed a six-month community order and ordered Wilson to pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.