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Alcoholic bully who choked his mother unconscious in her own home is jailed

A man who left his mum fearing for her life after putting her in a deadly choke hold has been jailed.

Dean Spencer, 31, turned violent when his mum asked him to leave her home, ChronicleLive reports.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that on March 19 he was given a 28-day domestic violence protection notice which banned him from contacting his 58-year-old mum or going within 100m of her home.

But he defied the order and bombarded her with calls, claiming he had no heating or electricity.

On March 30 she agreed that he could visit her home in Fawdon, Newcastle, for a bath and some food.

He arrived at 10pm with a bottle of vodka and slept on the sofa that night, and was asked by his mum the next day at 7:30am to have left her property by the time she was back from work at 3:30pm.

When she returned he was still there, drunk, and behaving aggressively.

Neil Pallister, prosecuting, said: "He began staring at her then approached her and flicked her on the arm.

"He flicked her again on the arm and as she got up from the sofa, she said he got her in a choke hold. He was sat behind her and had his right arm tight around her neck.

"She was terrified and thought he was going to kill her.

"It appears she blacked out as her next memory is lying face down on the floor between the TV and sofa.

"She tried to get up and her son tried to kick towards her face. She put her arm up to protect herself and she's not sure if the kick connected or not. She got to her feet and had swelling to her right eye.

"He came towards her again and put his right hand around her neck, pushed her back onto the sofa and was squeezing tightly and putting his full weight on her while looking directly at her.

"She got up and he again grabbed her throat and squeezed and pushed her back down."

After kicking him and apologising, the victim said he could stay in a bid to calm the situation and bring the attack to an end.

She then ran to a neighbour's house who called police.

Spencer's mum – who has not been named – was left with bruising to her chin, a black eye, a reddened face and a sore neck and throat.

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Speaking through a victim impact statement, she said: "I've always tried to be there for him – that's a natural instinct of a mother.

"Following this incident I feel I can do no more.

"I didn't think Dean would ever attack me in the way he did, it could have been a lot more serious.

"The incident left me upset and shaken and I'm still very much in fear of him. I'm fearful he might return to my house and attack me again.

"No mother should have to suffer an attack like that at the hands of their son."

Spencer has ten previous convictions, including assault on a police officer who had been called to a previous dispute with his mum.

Recorder Simon Kealey QC jailed him for 39 weeks and imposed a restraining order.

The judge said: "It was her natural instinct to look after her children but you have now broken that instinct and trust."

Nick Lane, defending, said it was "a terrible incident which he fully accepts responsibility for and he makes no excuse for his behaviour.

"He was upset to read the description of his behaviour by his mother to the police.

"Despite his issues, she has always been there as a support for him, so to read how he behaved was genuinely upsetting to him."

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