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Man threatened his sister in front of her children

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

By Katie Bowler

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A MENTALLY ill man threatened to kill his sister before assaulting her in front of her children, a court heard.

Dominic Skinner, 31, of Jubilee Court, Stone Road, Uttoxeter, appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court to plead guilty to criminal damage, common assault and using threatening words and behaviour.

The court heard how Skinner, who suffers with bipolar disorder, went to his sister’s home in Uttoxeter on October 12 to borrow her son’s XBox games console.

Giles Rowden, prosecuting, said: “The defendant had been drinking before he went to the house and he started to argue with her. She asked him to leave but he refused and became extremely verbally abusive and violent.

“His sister’s husband returned home and tried to get Skinner out of the house. The defendant then threatened to kill them both and started banging and shoulder barging the door, which caused damage.”

In a victim statement read out during the hearing, the defendant’s sister said she felt very concerned for her welfare and was scared her children would get hurt.

She also said the incident had had a massive psychological impact on her children who have been left scared to go to sleep at night in case he returned.

Neil O’Driscoll, defending, said: “My client has severe mental health problems. He has to take two types of medication for bipolar disorder and it didn’t react well when he started drinking.

“He admits the words and behaviour he used were totally unacceptable, especially in front of his own nephews.” The defendant, who has previous convictions for assault in 2008, was made subject to an 18- month community order with supervision.

He was also placed on a two-year restraining order to have no contact whatsoever with his sister or her family.

Skinner was also made to pay £50 in compensation for the criminal damage, £150 to the victim for causing mental distress as well as £85 in costs.

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