Son sentenced for ABH

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court

A woman feared her dad’s throat had been slashed when she saw a knife moving from left to right in front of him.

It turned out that Barry Curwen had suffered a gashed cheek at the hands of his son Sean Smith.

He had been reckless and in drink when the violence occured. His father refused treatment by paramedics and refused to make a statement for police.

Smith, 43, of Ousby Road, Morecambe, had been committed by Blackpool magistrates for sentencing at Preston Crown Court on a charge of assault of occasioning actual bodily harm. He had admitted the offence.

The incident dated back to July 1 at Mr Curwen’s home on Bristol Avenue, Blackpool.Mr Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said police were called to the address following a report from the defendant’s sister to say Mr Curwen’s throat hadbeen slashed.

Mr Scott said “At this point, the father had both hands up to the side of his face. The defendant had a large bread knife in his hand. The sister could see the knife was going from left to right across the throat area. It looked like he was slitting her father’s throat, which was

incorrect.”

Mr Curwen was found to have a small gash to his left cheek. Miss Janet Ironfield, defending, said he had been reckless, drunk and acting with a weapon.

Smith was given a suspended prison sentence of nine months, suspended for a year, with twelve months supervision and 240 hours unpaid work.