A senior Lib Dem councillor has been jailed for attacking his frail 87-year-old mother.
Simon Arthur, 44, was sentenced to four months after a court heard he treated his mother Isabelle “like a dog” for years.
Arthur admitted punching pensioner Mrs Arthur who uses a walking stick to get around.
Magistrates heard Arthur – a Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in the 2010 General Election – told his mother: “I hope you have an awful death”.
Arthur was finally arrested when a neighbour called police after seeing him assault his mother on the driveway of their home.
Prosecutor Sharon Anderson said: “Mrs Arthur had been out for the day but said she was too scared to return home, choosing to wait in a car park.
“She regularly went to the car park to avoid going home and had even slept there overnight previously.
“Around 8pm she did go home and parked in the driveway but her son had locked all the doors to their home.
“At around 11.30pm he came out of the house and began the attack.”
Mrs Arthur’s statement read: “He came over, opened the driver’s side door, grabbed hold of my hair and tried to pull me out of the car. It was like he was possessed.
“He tried to grab me a second time shouting ‘You’ll burn, you’ll suffer in the after life’.”
Swansea magistrates heard Mrs Arthur tried to make her way down the driveway to get help but her son grabbed her walking stick from her to block her path.
Ms Anderson said: “Mrs Arthur fell to the ground and dragged herself along the floor.
“She crawled out of the drive and her son followed, eventually trying to pick her up but she told him to leave her alone.”
Police arrived and took Arthur into the kitchen where he opened a drawer and grabbed a knife.
Arthur lunged at Pc Greg Bowen who dodged the blade before disarming the Lib Dem councillor.
The court heard Mrs Arthur did not support the prosecution against her son and asked police and social services for help instead.
Her statement said: “I now realise he will hurt me if he carries on – I don’t know what I have done to deserve this.
“I want him out of my house, I want him to get the help he needs.”
The court heard Mrs Arthur told police her son treated her like a dog saying she was terrified of him and “living on eggshells”.
In her statement Mrs Arthur said her son had never had a proper job and had always relied on her for financial support.
She said: “He has a nasty temper and has got more controlling since my husband died 22 years ago.
“Simon’s behaviour escalated last year after my twin brother Peter died.
“He told me ‘It should be you that’s gone, not Peter. I hope you have an awful death’.”
In her statement Mrs Arthur said: “I try and let it go over my head but when it’s physical, I can’t excuse it.”
Magistrates were told widow Mrs Arthur was advised by social services to write a letter to her son asking her son to leave the premises but he responded by laughing and throwing it away.
Arthur admitted to police in interview that he had punched his mother on a number of previous occasions.
Officers asked him to indicate the force he had used on a scale of one to ten. He replied “two”.
Arthur, a Lib Dem councillor for the Newton ward on Mumbles Community Council, admitted common assault and assault by beating.
Magistrates imposed a restraining order on Arthur after hearing his mother no longer wants to share her home with him.
He was ordered to move out and only to visit on her instructions.
JP Eliot Griffiths said: “Your mother is now very much in charge and you have to do what she tells you to.”
Peter May, Chairman of Swansea Lib Dems, said after the case: “Mr Arthur has been suspended and we have taken steps to permanently expel him from the party.”
Isabelle Arthur, Age Cymru’s Safeguarding Manager Louise Hughes said: “Elder abuse in any way, shape or form is completely unacceptable, and this case is one of the worst examples of elder abuse that we ever have heard of.
“Age Cymru commends Mrs Arthur’s neighbour for contacting the authorities – that one single act helped bring an end to the abuse that was being dealt out by Simon Arthur, and his eventual jailing.
“We hope that the publicity generated today by this case will raise awareness of elder abuse and send out a strong message that society does not tolerate cruelty towards older people.”