A man stamped on his father’s head during a drunken argument.

Curtis Wills, 27, had knocked his dad to the ground before kicking him in the head, Oxford Crown Court heard.

The dad-of-two, who had been drinking with his father earlier in the evening, was on a community order when he launched the attack – having twice been convicted of breaching a non-molestation order designed to prevent him from contacting a former partner.

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Sentencing him on Thursday, Recorder John Ryder QC said: “Your account blames him for the outbreak of violence. You say he’d caused your sister to cry by something that he’d said, that he became more and more aggressive and hit you in the face.

“Whether that is true or not, you accept that you took things too far and accept that you should not have acted in retaliation in the way that you did.”

He jailed him for eight months for the drunken assault, saying: “It is plain you failed to respond to community orders in the past and as I have already said you committed this offence in direct breach of one.”

Earlier, the court heard that Wills launched the attack on his father at the latter’s home in Banbury on October 1 last year. Both men had been drinking and returned home at around 6pm.

What was described in court as ‘some sort of upset’ descended into blows. Wills’ father estimated he was punched more than 10 times as he fell to the floor. His head was then stamped on.

The victim developed a black eye ‘instantly’ and was taken to the hospital. Despite the stamping, he suffered no serious head injury, only heavy bruising to his face.

Wills, care of Withycombe Drive, Banbury, pleaded guilty at the magistrates’ court to causing actual bodily harm and the case was sent to the crown court for sentence.

Mitigating, Gordana Austin asked the judge to consider imposing a suspended sentence for the assault.

“He knows his behaviour was unacceptable,” the barrister said.

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Her client worked as a cleaner. The dad-of-two had been unable to see his children for the last two years, following the breakdown of a relationship. That break-up led the family court to impose a non-molestation order, which he had twice been convicted of breaching by texting the mother of his children.

Recorder Ryder imposed a three-year restraining order limiting Wills’ contact with his father.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.  

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