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Six years in jail for son who left his mother with bruised brain and detached retina in horrific Drybrook beating

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

Paul Carpenter

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PAUL Carpenter subjected his own mother to a horrific beating because he blamed her for his father’s death more than 20 years ago.

Susan Carpenter was sitting in an armchair at her home in Drybrook when her 30-year-old son began raining blows down on her.

She had 52 separate points of impact on her body after the savage attack and spent two weeks in hospital, Gloucester Crown Court was told last week. Carpenter, of Hawthorns Road, Drybrook, admitted wounding his mother with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on December 13 last year and was jailed for six years. Judge Jamie Tabor QC told him he must get help to deal with his long-standing grievance against his mother.

Prosecutor Julian Kesner said: “His father died in prison some 21 years ago when the defendant was just nine years old. Because of what went on immediately before his father’s death he blamed his mother for that death. It has been something that is unresolved in the family and keeps recurring. It was that which was the trigger for this offence, as well as drink.”

Both Carpenter and his mother are drinkers and on that day they got through a bottle of vodka together in her home, Mr Kesner said. He then got angry and started shouting in his mother’s face.

“He was accusing her of murder,” said Mr Kesner. “He has a brother who was in the flat and he intervened. Both he and Paul left and went to Paul’s flat on the same landing. A while later Mrs Carpenter was sitting in her chair when she heard the front door go and Paul returned. He had clearly had a fight with his brother and was bleeding from the mouth.

“He started shouting again at his mother saying he had been assaulted by his brother. He then started to punch her repeatedly to the head and body, shouting ‘You are a murderer’. She likened the experience to being run over by a train.”

A neighbour called police and doctors later found her injuries included bruising of her brain and a detached retina. Mr Kesner said Carpenter has several previous convictions for offences of violence, drunkenness and kidnap.

Stephen Ritter, defending, said: “There is a deep and bitter anger in him. The trigger for this offence was that for the first time his mother had admitted it to him about four weeks earlier.

“He has come to the conclusion he has got to stop drinking.”

Jailing Carpenter for six years Judge Tabor told him: “You and your mother have serious issues. You must make efforts to resolve that. There is no point in going on blaming people for things that happened 20 years ago.

“This was a sustained and vicious attack on a very vulnerable person. You beat her and you beat her violently and unnecessarily.“

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