Step-mum attacked in ambulance row

AN ARGUMENT which boiled over left a young Fishtoft man facing an assault charge.

Daniel Bray, formerly of the village’s Bladon Estate, was said to have punched and kicked his step-mother Diana Bray after the pair had an argument, Boston magistrates heard on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old admitted assault by beating on March 3 when he appeared before the bench.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace said Bray and his girlfriend had been drinking throughout the day, when she suddenly developed breathing issues.

Bray asked his stepmother, who is a nurse, for the phone number for an ambulance and when she did not provide what he considered to be an acceptable response, he started an argument which resulted in him pushing her. Mrs Bray then fled to the kitchen to call her husband, but her stepson followed her and punched her to the back of the head six times. When she fell to the floor because of the blows, he began to kick her, Ms Stace added.

In mitigation, magistrates were told that Bray had never been in trouble before, and that this incdent was ‘completely out of character.’

John Storer, defending, said: “Relationships have not always been the best between him and his stepmother. He accepts he is a young man who does sometimes lose his temper but he says he has never acted in this way before and he is ashamed of his actions.”

The solictor added that Bray, who is now of no fixed abode, disputed his stepmother’s description of events, and said she had slapped him several times before he lost his temper and retaliated.

Magistrates requested a probation report before sentencing Bray on June 29.