September 4, 2018 11.20 am This story is over 36 months old

Man who attacked mum and stepdad ‘let down by lack of support’

His stepdad sad he had been failed by a lack of mental health support

A man who attacked his mother and step-father after being asked to leave the family home has been jailed for 12 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Carlo Benetello, who suffers from mental health problems, became aggressive and argumentative when he arrived at the property.

Lucky Thandi, prosecuting, said that Benetello’s mother Denise spoke to him but he responded by swearing at her.

Miss Thandi said: “She slapped him. There was a further exchange between them. He lunged at her and grabbed her by the throat.

“She tried to push him away. He grabbed her again and continued to squeeze her throat.

“His stepfather Malcolm Ryan attempted to pull the defendant off. When he did, so the defendant punched him to the side of the head.”

Benetello was repeatedly asked to leave but when he failed to do so police were called. At the time Benetello was subject to a restraining order that allowed him to be at the family home but he had to leave if asked to do so.

Officers found Benetello nearby. He raised his fists and swore at them. He was tasered after punching one of the officers. He then assaulted a second officer before being detained.

Benetello, 31, of Monks Road, Lincoln, admitted two charges of common assault and breach of a restraining order. He also admitted two charges of assaulting a police officer.

Mr Ryan, in a victim personal statement, told the court that he felt that his stepson had been let down by a lack of support.

He said that when Benetello was sentenced at a previous hearing for other offences the judge who passed sentence expressed the sentiment that he needed additional support.

“I feel a little disillusioned with the system and a little bit angry,” he said.

John McNally, for Benetello, said his client was deeply ashamed by what happened.

He said Benetello recognised that he faced an immediate jail sentence for what he had done.

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