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Man threatened to kill gran and bury her in hole
“I’M going to kill you. You deserve to die.” Those were the words of a man who attacked his disabled grandmother when she asked him to do some housework.
Aaron Burden, 23, told his grandmother Gladys, who suffers from osteoarthritis, that he would bury her in a hole. But at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court, a shamed Burden admitted a charge of assault by beating.
Prosecutor Claire Hartman said that on July 24 this year, Burden became enraged when his grandmother asked him to help around the house in Woodlands Road, Tadley and take her to a doctor’s appointment.
He picked up his 69-year-old grandmother’s walking stick and pushed it into her neck, forcing her back into the sofa where she was sitting. Miss Hartman said: “She could breathe but not very well. He said to her: ‘I’m going to kill you. You deserve to die.’” He then said “he was going to dig a hole and bury her”, said Miss Hartman.
She said Burden called his grandmother offensive names and when she kicked him, he hit her legs with the stick.
He snatched the phone when she tried to use it and hit her in the face. But she was able to escape his attack and drive to her daughter’s home, despite Burden trying to let down some of her tyres, said Miss Hartman.
His grandmother no longer wanted him to live at her home and believed his violent behaviour had started when he became “involved with a female”.
Miss Hartman said Burden had been living with his grandparents in Woodlands Road because his mother had problems coping with his younger brother.
Not long after his grandfather died, he started demanding money from his mother and grandmother.
Miss Hartman said that Gladys Burden was particularly vulnerable as she had undergone an operation which left her with chest pain. She had limited mobility and walked with a stick.
Burden, the court heard, had previous convictions for offences against his mother and grandmother from last year.
Craig Matthews, defending, said Burden was extremely remorseful “and accepted he has done horrible things”.
He had a pregnant girlfriend, from whom he was separated, but he wanted to support the child, despite being unemployed. There was a good chance he would be living in Winklebury, having stayed in Southampton bail hostel, said Mr Matthews. He added: “The hope is that he can start rebuilding his connection with his family”.
Magistrates sentenced Burden to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months, with supervision by the probation service.
He was also made subject to a restraining order banning him from entering Woodlands Road in Tadley.
Presiding magistrate Dr Kate Gregory told Burden he had committed a very serious offence. She added: “This is a last chance. If you don’t do what probation require you will go to prison.”
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