'Courageous' teenager, 14, stops man from strangling his mother
THE "courageous intervention" of a teenager may have saved his mother's life, after she was throttled by a violent male attacker.
The 14-year-old boy – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – will be awarded £500 from the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, after he twice set on 52-year-old Kevin Roberts as he tried to strangle his mum.
Judge Michael Heath, sitting at Lincoln Crown Court, said had it not been for his "courageous intervention", it is likely his mother would have been killed.
Sentencing Roberts, of Bramley Close, Louth, to six years in prison, he said: "If it had not been for the boy, whose courageous intervention does him enormous credit, the strong likelihood is that you would have killed that lady."
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Roberts admitted attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to the woman on September 2 last year.
Stephen Lowne, prosecuting, said Roberts had returned to the woman's home alone after going out together for the evening and was asleep on the sofa when she returned. She went up to bed, but during the night Roberts burst into her room and began to strangle her, shouting that he was going to kill her.
Mr Lowne said: "She remembers him placing his hands around her neck and starting to throttle her.
"After that point she remembers very little."
At this point her son stepped in, tried to prise him off his mother – who was "turning blue" – before punching Roberts in the head to make him stop. Mr Lowne added: "He punched him but it was not having any effect. Then he grabbed a bedside table lamp and started to strike the defendant about the head."
Roberts released the woman and lapsed into unconsciousness – giving the teenager time to call the police – but later came round and resumed the attack.
Mr Lowne said: "The boy picked up a glass candlestick and hit the defendant over the head with that. Eventually Roberts entered into unconsciousness."
Roberts was arrested and told police he had little recollection of the incident.
The court heard the woman was left severely affected by the attack, had been forced to move because she could not face going back to the house and described herself as "a shadow of her former self."
David Eager, defending, said Roberts had never been in trouble before and simply "flipped".
He said: "He is a man of good character who has led a blameless existence. On this night for some reason he lost the plot."