Richard Goodwin gets four years for attacking Helena Kozlowska
9:10am Wednesday 11th August 2010
A drunken man who attacked his 93-year-old great aunt when she refused to go to the shop to buy him more booze has been locked up for 23 months.
Richard Goodwin, 29, who had previously assaulted his grandmother, was branded a “callous bully” when in drink by a Bradford Crown Court judge.
Goodwin, of Ashgrove, Great Horton, Bradford, hit Helena Kozlowska on the arm and struck her in the face with a plastic bowl.
Two weeks later, he pushed her over, breaking her arm, the court heard yesterday.
He pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm on February 14 and inflicting grievous bodily harm on March 1.
Prosecutor Stephanie Hancock said Goodwin was living at the time with his great aunt and grandmother. Both pensioners were cared for by his mother.
He was already drunk when he told his great aunt to go to the shop for more alcohol. When she refused, he struck her arm and hurled the bowl, causing a three-inch cut to her face. Mrs Kozlowska protected Goodwin by not seeking medical help.
Little more than a fortnight later, he pushed her over, fracturing her arm. He had been drinking all day and told her to get him more alcohol from the kitchen.
In mitigation Goodwin’s barrister, Ken Green, said: “His behaviour has been disgraceful.” His elderly relatives said he was a good boy when sober but he was a violent bully when he mixed drink with his medication for depression.
Goodwin was ashamed of himself and wanted to be reconciled with his great aunt.
Judge John Potter told Goodwin he was a callous bully who targeted a vulnerable victim in the sanctity of her own home.
Goodwin’s probation officer said he posed a high risk of serious physical harm to his elderly relatives.