TWO brothers have appeared in court after one, aged 26, assaulted his mother because she "embarrassed" him in front of his friends.
Dean and Nicholas Holt's solicitor said the pair had some of the worst criminal records the court would have seen, but said both had recently made steps to stop offending.
Dean Holt, aged 33, from Gwynedd Avenue in Townhill admitted criminal damage.
His brother, Nicholas Holt also admitted criminal damage but also assaulting Auriol Holt.
Prosecutor Linda Baker told city magistrates that Mrs Holt had returned home expecting to find her sons there, but when she did not she went to look for Nicholas and found him with friends.
She suspected he was intoxicated and began to shout at him.
Mark Davies, representing the pair, said Nicholas Holt "felt embarrassed" and followed her home. Once there he pushed her in the chest, but she managed to stay on her feet.
She told police she no longer wanted him in her home as he was intimidating her.
Dean Holt, who wasn't home at the time said police refused to let him upstairs when he arrived and he lashed out, throwing a dumbbell, which smashed a £5 vase.
Mr Davies said: "In reality, they're people whose previous convictions are the worst the court will have seen for many years."
But he said Dean Holt had begun work and his brother had vastly reduced his drug intake, but accepted he had turned to drink.
Holt was subject to an existing court order at the time of these offences, which took place on May 17, and he had said he would not co-operate with the probation service. He received a six-week prison sentence. His brother was fined £100.