Sussex man jailed after ‘brutally’ attacking his mother with wooden table

John Ayensu has been jailed for over three years.

A man who police said ‘brutally assaulted’ his 72-year-old mother with a wooden table after she asked him to turn his music down, has been jailed for over three years.

John Ayensu, 46, attacked his mother at their home in Kithurst Lane, Storrington just after Christmas last year (December, 27).

Police said the victim asked her son to lower the volume, at which point he slapped her to both sides of her face, causing her to fall to the floor.

He then picked up a broken wooden table and used this to repeatedly hit her over the head, kicking her as she remained on the floor.

Ayensu then stole the victim’s car, and she was taken to hospital to be treated for multiple injuries after reporting the stolen vehicle to police.

Officers then pursued the vehicle, a black BMW, over the following 24 hours, and it was later found damaged and abandoned in nearby Church Street.

Ayensu was later arrested at his home, where officers found him hiding before a bedroom door.

Following a trial at Lewes Crown Court, he was found guilty of actual bodily harm, and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

He also received a further eight months imprisonment after earlier pleading guilty to dangerous driving and driving with no insurance.

Ayensu, who is unemployed, was also disqualified from driving for 39 months, and will be required to take an extended re-test.

He was given a restraining order for an indefinite period, with conditions not to contact the victim, and not to enter Storrington or Pulborough.