Why 45-year-old man has been banned from seeing his MUM for five years

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A 45-year-old man has been banned from seeing his mother for five years after assaulting her three times.

A judge handed the restraining order to Marc Betts after hearing how his latest attack saw him “slap and kick” his mum at her Long Eaton home.

Betts also assaulted his sister in a separate attack and he is now banned from contacting her as well for the same length of time.

And Derby Crown Court heard how despite pleading guilty to the assaults and to a single count of criminal damage, he still denies the actual incidents took place.

Marc Betts, of Long Eaton, has been jailed for 23 weeks

Marc Betts, of Long Eaton, has been jailed for 23 weeks

Jailing him for 23 weeks, District Judge Andrew Meachin said: “Mr Betts, I have listened very, very, carefully to what has been said and I have also read your pre-sentence report which concerns me immediately because of your views on what happened and that you question the incidents.

“Under the circumstances I am not satisfied that anything other than an immediate custodial sentence is appropriate.

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“This is your third assault on your mother and your denial up to the 11th hour that what the prosecution happened on both occasions actually took place.”

Ali Zaki, prosecuting, said the assault on Betts’ sister took place on August 25 when he went to his mother’s address when drunk.

He said he picked up a bottle in the kitchen and threw it against a wall so it smashed before grabbing his sister.

Mr Zaki said the second offence took place four days later at the same address.

He said: “It was 6.15pm, he had been drinking and he was aggressive towards his mother, he slapped her and kicked her but fortunately there were no injuries.

Marc Betts smashed a bottle against a wall at his mother's kitchen in Long Eaton

Marc Betts smashed a bottle against a wall at his mother's kitchen in Long Eaton

“He was then asked to leave the address and he did but as he did so he kicked the back gate before picking up a large stone and throwing it through the patio window causing £400 of damage.”

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Mr Zaki said Betts, of Lace Court, Wellington Street, Long Eaton, had previously been handed a 12-week jail term, suspended for a year, for a previous assault on his mother and that both she and his sister wanted a restraining order put in place.

Stuart Newsome, for Betts, said although his client was still in denial the offences happened his client pleaded guilty as he ”did not want to challenge his mother’s or his sister’s account” of what happened on both occasions

He said: “Alcohol has been a feature throughout his life and one thing in this man’s favour is that he has firmly instructed me not to challenge the restraining order application.

“He realises this is aggravated by his previous conviction and her vulnerability.”

As well as the jail term and the five-year restraining order, Judge Meachin ordered Betts to pay £400 compensation for the damaged window.