Civil engineer left sick dad with broken cheek after lockdown outburst

How lockdown and unemployment saw a civil engineer snap at his sick father over a messy house – beating him so badly he fractured his dad’s cheek

  • Engineer Shaun Jenner, 39, punched his father, Shaun Sr, twice in the face 
  • Row erupted after infirm Shaun Sr was accused of leaving their home a mess  
  • Jenner told friend he would ‘cut his [father’s] ear off if he left s***’ over the house
  • He was spared jail after apologising and admitting he was ‘ashamed of himself’ 

A frustrated son who violently attacked his infirm father whilst struggling to care for him during lockdown restrictions has been spared jail.

Civil engineer Shaun Jenner, 39, punched his sick father, Shaun Sr, twice for leaving their home in the market town of Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester a mess, before sharing a picture of him with blood pouring from his face.  

Mr Jenner, 61, was then rushed to hospital, where he was found to have a fractured cheekbone, bruising and swelling to his face and other injuries after the assault. 

Following the attack, Shaun sent a grief-stricken message to a friend saying he had ‘t****** my dad’, before adding: ‘He kicked off me with first though’. 

The pair were said to have been drinking heavily and ‘bickering’ in the days leading up to their feud, with Jenner even complaining about the ‘s**t’ his ill father was leaving ‘all over the place’ and threatening to ‘cut his ears off’.

Jenner could have spent five years behind bars after admitting causing grievous bodily harm, but was spared jail and handed a suspended sentence at Minshull Street Crown Court after apologising and admitting he was ‘ashamed of himself’. 

Civil engineer Shaun Jenner, 39, punched his sick father twice for leaving their home in the market town of Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester a mess, before sharing a picture of his victim with blood pouring from his face on social media

Shaun Jenner Sr, 61, was then rushed to hospital, where he was found to have a fractured cheekbone, bruising and swelling to his face and other injuries after the assault

The attack occurred on October 17, 2021 when Jenner had moved back in with his father to care for him after spending much of the lockdown period on furlough.

Inquiries later revealed that prior to the assault Jenner had sent furious text messages to friends saying: ‘My dad leaves s*** all over the place. I’m sat here now being sick.

‘I tried to help get him from the front room to the bedroom and he lost his temper. I told him to ‘f*** off’ but he said he would smash my nose in. I told him if he said anything like that to me again, I will cut his ears off.’  

Geoff Whelan prosecuting said: ‘That day he sent messages to a friend complaining about his father’s beahviour and having to care for him before there was a five hour break before admitting to assaulting him.

‘Police called by the family, attended at the house but initially the door was not opened. When they continued knocking the defendant answered the door and asked what all the banging was about. 

‘Once inside the house he led police to the front room and officers saw Mr Jenner lying on the sofa bleeding from his head with blood covering most of his torso.

‘The defendant sat on the sofa opposite his father and told police he had fallen the night before and that he did not know why he was bleeding so much. He said he had been asleep and was woken up by police banging on the window.

‘It seems his father did not know what had happened to him but told officers he thought his son might have assaulted him. ‘There was no suggestion of any violence used against the father on previous occasions.’

 Jenner (pictured) could have spent five years behind bars after admitting causing grievous bodily harm, but was spared jail and handed a suspended sentence at Minshull Street Crown Court after apologising and admitting he was ‘ashamed’ of the attack

The pair were said to have been drinking heavily and ‘bickering’ the in the days leading up to their feud, with Jenner even complaining about the ‘s**t’ his ill father was leaving ‘all over the place’ and threatening to ‘cut his ears off’. Pictured: Shaun Jenner Sr

Mr Jenner Snr suffered a seizure whilst he was being treated in hospital and he was discharged two weeks later.

Pleading guilty, Jenner admitted he and his father had been drinking heavily at the time of the attack and added: ‘My recollection of the evening is poor.

‘As far as I can remember we are arguing and my father started being aggressive towards me. I accept that I punched him twice to the face which was totally unnecessary. I regret what I have done and I am ashamed of myself.’

In mitigation, defence counsel Stuart Duke said: ‘His father isn’t in particularly good health and the defendant as he himself stated is very ashamed of himself as he should be in acting in such a fashion towards his father.

‘He is a civil engineer and was on furlough during the period he was living with his father. 

‘They habitually bicker in any event and this defendant said the pressures of lockdown coupled with his own anxiety and depression has led to this unpleasant, spontaneous and short lived incident.’

During sentencing, Mr Recorder Michael Smith told Jenner: ‘You had lived with your father for some time during the periods of lockdown when you were on furlough and it is clear the pair of you had a difficult relationship.

‘You got on well in some respects but you would also wind each other up and you drank to unsafe and unhealthy levels. Unfortunately alcohol made both of you aggressive, cantankerous and difficult.

‘I accept that on occasions and including this occasion, your father behaved in a way towards you which was potentially aggressive and certainly provocative.

‘But that is of course no excuse for what you did which went well beyond any sensible, justifiable response to the situation you found yourself in.

‘You have demonstrated some degree of remorse immediately after the event in the face of messages and given what you have said since, I accept that remorse is genuine.

‘You have shown some degree of insight into your situation, your feelings for your father and concerns for the future.

‘But this was an abuse of a position of trust towards your father who by reasons of his age and infirmity was a vulnerable person. Some people think suspended sentences are an easy option. They are not.

‘It seems there are underlying factors which require you to have help and that can better addressed in the community rather than prison. I hope this will enable you to turn the corner and enable you to rebuild your relationship with your father.’

Jenner was also ordered to complete a nine month alcohol treatment programme, ten Rehabilitation Requirement Days and 120 hours unpaid work. 

Mr Jenner Snr who did not give a victim personal statement will now be asked whether he wants a restraining order against his son.

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