A Glossop man threatened to kill his own father and hurled a stone through his front window during a ‘petrifying’ confrontation.
During the ordeal at an address Hadfield, Lewis Mark Norris also smashed up his father and step-mothers’ cars.
That came after he assaulted a police officer, damaged a police car and van, made off without paying for a taxi, and carried a kitchen knife earlier in the day in Hyde.
However, Norris was found not guilty of possessing a knife and ‘lunging’ at his father during the confrontation at a trial at Stockport Magistrates Court today (July 27).
The court heard that on May 12 last year, Norris, then aged 20, arrived at his father’s home and began to bang on the windows of the property.
His father said that Norris, now of Exeter Road, Stafford, shouted ‘get out here you f*****g c***’ and demanded he fight ‘man to man’.
Having first seen Norris from the living room on the driveway, the father then moved to stand in his front porch — which meant he was separated from his son by a double-glazed door.
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During this time, Norris was seen ‘lashing out’ at both his dad and step-mum’s cars — repeatedly kicking both vehicles, causing the wing mirror of one to fly into the garden.
After another exchange of shouting, Norris then threw a stone he picked up from the drive at his dad — smashing one pane of the door, but not penetrating through both sides of the glass panel.
The court also heard that the father and Norris’ step-mother claimed Norris lunged holding ‘a sharp object’, but Magistrate Michael Dunstan found him innocent of that charge during the trial held today.
Following the confrontation, Norris then threw his arms up ‘in disgust’ at his father, the court heard.
In the witness box, his dad called this action ‘a s***house trick to do that’ which made him ‘livid’.
He added that the whole experience left him ‘petrified’.
Prosecuting, Richard Blackburn said Norris directed his anger at his father following a fractured relationship between the pair as he grew up.
“He was a target of the defendant’s anger and aggression,” he said.
“Events happened quickly while his wife was in the living room.”
Both Norris and his father admitted they had not had a typical ‘father-son relationship’ during his upbringing, after Norris’ dad left the family home when he was 18 months old.
Around the time of the incident, the pair were only speaking to one another every ‘couple of months’, according to dad.
Defending Norris was Kirsten Collings, who said his actions came after a prolonged mental health episode.
“He has told you his mental health is quite poor,” she said, “[but] he is not trying to underplay his role in the events.”
She added that Norris had formal diagnoses for a variety of mental health conditions.
Ultimately, Judge Michael Dunstan found Norris guilty of causing criminal damage to his step-mother’s car, but not guilty of possessing a knife during the attack — the two charges he stood trial for.
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Lewis Mark Norris admitted six other charges — including criminal damage of a police car, common assault of an emergency worker, criminal damage of a police van, criminal damage to his father’s car, criminal damage to a front door glass panel, and common assault of his father.
He will be sentenced on August 19 at Stockport Magistrates Court.