AN alcoholic insomniac lashed out as his mum after taking a cocktail of drink and drugs.
Richard Pearson – who has various mental health problems – hit his mother in the head after she said she was going to leave him in his flat.
The 38-year-old had taken about 40 co-codomol tablets and sank a bottle of whisky in the hours leading up to the attack.
Pearson, of Breamish Street, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to assault at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “It was 8.35pm on August 19 when officers were called to the defendant’s home by paramedics who were already there.
“They said he was kicking off and his parents were there.
“He was under the influence of alcohol and was distressed.
“His mother said he has an alcohol problem and suffers from a lack of sleep.
“When she said she was going to leave he became anxious and distressed and lashed out at her, hitting her in the head.”
Mrs Guest told the court that Pearson had moved away and into a rehab centre but was homesick and moved back to South Tyneside.
She added that when he moved back his GP wouldn’t prescribe him sleeping tablets, which made his mental health problems worse.
Laura Johnson, defending, said: “His mum doesn’t support this prosecution and the only reason he is here is because of his own honesty and admissions to the police.
“He has had a significant amount of mental health problems since he was a child.
“He has severe OCD, insomnia and depression.
“He has been drinking a bottle of whisky a day, but that was linked to his insomnia.
“He wasn’t prescribed sleeping tablets at this time, but now he is.”
Magistrates gave Pearson a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.