Man punched sister for not letting mate visit during lockdown

A man punched his sister during lockdown after she stopped his mate visiting while their mum was shielding.

Lewis Newton, 23, was living at home while his sister, Stephanie Newton, 20, was staying at the home temporarily.

Their mother was in an at-risk category, and as a result, was shielding amid the coronavirus pandemic.

However, when Stephanie told her brother his friend couldn't come into the house during lockdown, he kicked and punched her.

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Mark Teare, prosecuting, told Liverpool Magistrates' Court today (July 16) how due to Covid-19 their mother was self-isolating at Four Acre Drive, Bootle.

Mr Teare said: "Newton asked if a friend could enter the house on Saturday, April 18. His sister refused entry to protect their mother and an argument ensued in the hallway of the address."

Lewis Newton punched his sister when she refused to let his friend visit the house of their shielding mum during lockdown

This soon escalated and Newton kicked his younger sibling to her left and right legs as his friend stood outside.

She then pushed him away and ran to the back of the house, trying to "get away" from her brother's outburst.

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Newton, who now resides at Selwyn Street, followed his sister and began shouting in her face.

She went back to the front door and closed it, which is when the 23-year-old punched his younger sister on the side of her face.

He told officers in interview that his sister had been staying for a few days and "thought she owned the place".

Newton said that his friend asked if it was OK to come in and he claims his sister became abusive and that she pulled his hair.

The 23-year-old, who pleaded guilty to assault, has a previous conviction for battery on August 27 in 2019 for which he received a community order and a four-week curfew.

Steve Charters, defending, explained that there were no issues with mental health, drugs or alcohol.

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District Judge Wendy Lloyd adjourned sentencing for the preparation of a report and Newton will next appear before the court in August.

He was released on bail with the condition that he could not contact his sister.