Man jailed for attacking own father

A SUFFOLK man who attacked his father during an argument has been jailed for four months and banned from contacting him for five years.

Kimberley Bramble, 43, was living with his 80-year-old father Gerald Bramble in Simons Cross in Wickham Market last month when he assaulted him and caused cuts to his ear and his arm, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Bramble, who is planning to move to Leiston, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, resisting arrest and criminal damage and was committed to the crown court for sentence.

Jailing him for four months, Judge Peter Fenn said Bramble’s father was in declining health and was showing early signs of dementia.

“You’d had a disagreement and you started drinking. You came back to the house and you assaulted your elderly and vulnerable father,” said the judge.

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In addition to jailing Bramble, Judge Fenn banned him from going within two miles of Simons Cross and banned him from contacting his father for five years.

Patricia Doggett, prosecuting, said that shortly after Mr Bramble senior returned home from a shopping trip on June 9 his son, who had been drinking, had started smashing garden furniture.

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Mr Bramble senior went to a neighbour’s house to ask for the police to be called and when he returned home his son had threatened him and caused one inch cuts to his arm and ear.

When police arrived at the premises Bramble had resisted arrest and caused �300 to a police radio.

Steven Dyble, for Bramble, said his client had words with his father after his father refused to consider going into respite care.

Bramble, who has had a problem with alcohol for more than 15 years, had started drinking and had physically assaulted his father. “There was no weapon and it wasn’t premeditated,” said Mr Dyble.

The court heard that Bramble has spent 48 days in custody.

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