Man jailed for vicious attack on his mum

The High Court in Aberdeen
The High Court in Aberdeen

A brutal thug has been jailed for battering his own mother because he was struggling to get support for his child.

Jobless Jody Venters, 32, launched a vicious attack on his terrified mum after he turned up to her house uninvited on New Year’s Day.

He went to her house in Cupar looking for help to get help to care for his toddler son.

But he ended up throwing Alison Venters about her kitchen and smashing her head her head off furniture in her home.

The terrified mum managed to get help from her neighbour who took her to hospital for treatment where she spent several days.

Venters went on trial accused of attempting to murder his mother at the High Court in Aberdeen on Tuesday.

He denied the offence but admitted a reduced charge of assault to severe injury and the danger of her life on the second day of the trial.

He was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

The court heard that Ms Venters had lost touch with her son four years ago because of his behaviour.

He turned up at her back door after she returned home from work on New Year’s Day and the pair began arguing in the kitchen.

At one point a scared Mrs Venters reached for a mobile phone, which the former mechanic grabbed from her and smashed it off a sink.

Advocate depute Margaret Barron told the court: “He told her, ‘you will not be phoning any of your so called friends.’

“The accused then seized her by the neck.

“He pulled her hair, causing clumps to come out and punched her to the head twice.”

The court heard that Venters hit his mother’s head off several kitchen items, including a door frame and a microwave oven.

At one point in the struggle a block of knives fell on the floor and Venters picked one up.

Ms Barron said: “Terrified as to what he was going to do, Mrs Venters grabbed the knife.”

Mrs Venters threw the knife away, but she was bleeding badly because of medication prescribed after she suffered a stroke a few years ago.

Venters then wrapped her hands in towels and tried to take her for help but Mrs Venters refused.

She ran off to a neighbours where she was found by police and ambulance staff later in a “highly distressed” state kneeling on a floor.

Later medical experts found extensive bruising to her face and body, swollen lips, bruising on her neck and lacerations on her hands.

She required surgery for nerve and tendon damage on her hands.

Venters was convicted of assaulting his mother by repeatedly shouting and swearing at her, entering her house uninvited, breaking a mobile phone, and threatening violence.

He also seized her by the neck, threw her around the kitchen, struck her head against various objects and repeatedly struggle with her during which she sustained injuries to her hands - all to the danger of her life.

Venters also had a non-harrassment order put in place to stop him from making any contact with his mother.

Venters, a prisoner of Perth, was also convicted of the assault of a former partner just days before the assault on his mother.

Venters assaulted the woman at a property in Glenrothes, on December 30, 2012.

He threatened her with violence, seized her, and struck her on the head and body with a set of crutches.

He also uttered threats to a 14-year-old boy on the same date.

Lord Judge Stewart sentenced Venters for three years for the attack on his mother and six months for the assault and uttering threats.

Lord Stewart said: “You do have anger management problems.

“I can’t think that you really want to this angry.”