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Judge protects man from his violent son
A JUDGE has moved to protect a man from his own violent son.
Adam Nash has been jailed for six months after smashing a plant pot in a rage during a row with his father Graham.
But after hearing Nash had previously broken his father’s legs by pushing him out of a first-floor window, Judge Gordon Risius also slapped a five-year restraining order on the 34-year-old, banning him from contacting Mr Nash. He was jailed in 2005 for 30 months for causing grievous bodily harm.
Judge Risius was told Nash and his brother Declan visited their father’s flat in Forester’s Tower, Wood Farm, Oxford, every day and spent his benefit money against his will.
On January 7, Nash went to his dad’s home after an altercation between Mr Nash and a sibling earlier in the day.
Afraid to open his door, Mr Nash was shouted at by his son, who was then seen by a neighbour picking up a plant pot and throwing it against the wall.
Nash, who admitted criminal damage, was described as having a “vast number of convictions” by his own barrister. He received a 12-month suspended prison sentence for assault in December 2011.
Sentencing him for the criminal damage, as well as two incidents of shoplifting, Judge Risius said he had no choice but to send him to prison.
He said: “Over the past 20 years the courts have tried just about every type of sentence.
“Partly to help you with your alcohol problem and partly to deter you from offending, but nothing has worked so far. At least not for very long.”
He added that to stop Nash “plaguing the community” with his criminal behaviour he was sending him to prison for six months and imposing a five-year restraining order preventing all contact with his father.
He received two six-month sentences for theft, six weeks for criminal damage and three months for activating his suspended sentence, all to run concurrently.
Nash broke his father’s legs in June 2004, the day England lost to Portugal in a European Championship match.
He had been drinking during the match and lost his temper with his father, pulling the former hospital porter off a bed and kicking and punching him.
Nash put his father in a headlock and, as he backed away towards the window, picked him up by the ankles and threw him out of the window, his trial at the time heard.
It then took Mr Nash 25 minutes to crawl to his own father’s house in Nuffield Road to get help.
Nash had denied being at his father’s flat but was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm.