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August 6, 2015
'Roid Rage: 23-year old son punched his dad in the face, causing three fractures to his jaw
Newcastle Crown Court
Newcastle Crown Court
A judge has blasted Britain’s steroid culture after a son launched into an attack on his own dad following a row over cars. Brett Angus attacked his dad Simon after a row outside their home in Gateshead on March 20. Mr Angus, 47, needed two operations after the assault, which left him with jaw fractures in three places. Now his son, 23, of Coverdale, Leam Lane, Gateshead, has appeared at Newcastle Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm. The court heard how Angus had a history of steroid abuse, and Recorder Keith Miller said: “I accept that your family situation is not an easy one. However it seems that you have foolishly decided to take steroids. It’s a modern insanity that many young men wish to do this, for what reason it’s not clear. I’m told you no longer take them. “But on March 20, following an incident where there was a collision with your father’s car, your reaction was way over the top. “You punched him. The punch caused considerable injury to him. He suffered three fractures to his jaw. When he got to hospital he collapsed because of the extent of the pain. It was a serious offence.” Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite said the incident began after a collision took place between the cars of both men near their home. She added: “Both father and son got out. The defendant ran over and pushed his father hard in the chest, and said his car was his pride and joy. His father said his car was his pride and joy too. “Then his father went back into the house, got a car radiator belonging to the defendant and threw it at him, and said ‘how do you like it when your things get damaged?’ “He said he did not intend to hurt his son. “The defendant caught the radiator and threw it aside. He then punched his father with full force to the face, knocking him to the ground. His father had a massive amount of pain and kept getting double vision.” The court heard that Angus phoned 999 but his dad drove himself to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as he felt the ambulance was taking too long. When he reached hospital, he fainted because of the pain and was later transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. There, he had surgery for the fractures to his jaw. Angus was arrested and he made full admissions to what happened. He also told police he had taken steroids before but had not taken them for a few weeks. Miss Smurthwaite added: “The defendant was living with both his parents in Gateshead. They said he had problems, which his father attributed to his steroid abuse, which affected his temper.” The court heard that the family had been going through a difficult time, for which they were getting help. Angus’ mother had been receiving support from an alcohol dependency unit. Rachel Hedworth, defending Angus, said: “He is absolutely devastated. This has had a devastating impact because he was incredibly close to his father. He has been close to him from early childhood. “He was prepared to give up his full-time job to care for his mum, because they were a close family. “He has accepted that he has taken steroids – he is not taking them any more. “He is utterly ashamed of the way he behaved and wants to make amends with his father.” Recorder Miller sentenced Angus to 12 months in custody, suspended for 18 months. http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/gateshead-son-spared-prison-attacking-9771080