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Leeswood teenager in court for attacking mum’s partner

A TEENAGER has been convicted of assaulting his mother’s partner after a row at home.

But Flintshire Magistrates Court heard how Joshua Roberts, 18, of Albert Street in Leeswood, had been forgiven by his mother and Michael Lowndes.

Since the incident Roberts had turned his life around, magistrates were told.

And District Judge Andrew Shaw gave Roberts an intensive community order as a direct alternative to custody.

The defendant will also have to pay the prosecution costs of £625.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, said the incident happened in March when there was an argument and Roberts started swearing at his mother.

The teenager stormed off and Mr Lowndes followed him, but was struck to the face and knocked to the floor.

Roberts then climbed on top of him and threw more punches.

The victim had bruising and swelling to the eye, head and lips.

Brian Cross, defending, said Roberts had been convicted at an earlier hearing of using excessive self-defence after Mr Lowndes entered his bedroom.

Mr Cross said Roberts had handed himself in to police after initially running from the house.

And he told the court it was clear the victim and Roberts’ mother had forgiven him and all three were working together as a family to sort things out.

Magistrates heard the defendant also had a job and was making every effort to stop smoking cannabis.