Borther and sisters’ ‘pocket money row’

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A TEENAGER who forced his sister into a headlock after a heated row with his mum over pocket money has appeared in court.

Lewis Jones, 19, of Phoenix Brow, St Helens, admitted assaulting his sister, Hayley, on August 16 at his mother’s home in Wigan.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how the defendant and his sister had rarely seen eye to eye in the last 10 years, and the flashpoint erupted after a build-up of domestic friction.

Ms Jayne Kearsley, prosecuting, told how Jones had just lost his job and was pestering his mum for money when an argument ensued.

Then, when Hayley Jones told her brother that their mum didn’t owe him anything, he grabbed his sister tightly around the neck in a headlock.

The pair’s mother eventually managed to pull them apart and the police were called after Jones left the house on his bike after issuing a threat to his sister.

The court heard that he then warned her “wait till I see you again”.

Although Hayley Jones suffered no visible injuries, she told police that the left side of her face was left extremely sore from the assault and that she had suffered from a bad headache for a couple of hours.

She added that she didn’t know what her brother was capable of, but said that he would never hurt them when he was sober.

Jones made no comment when quizzed about the incident by police.

Mr Patrick Heald, defending Jones, said that the flashpoint only lasted a matter of seconds and that his client had not been back to the family home since.

He added that Jones accepted that there were “issues in his life that need to be resolved”.

Magistrates extended the defendant’s conditional bail and adjourned the case until the morning of November 2 for reports to be prepared.

Jones was told magistrates were considereing imposing a community order despite the seriousness of the offence.