A SON carried out a “savage” attack on his mother after drinking heavily and going into a frenzy when she couldn’t fix his mobile phone, writes Iwan Gabe Davies.

James Savery, from Barry, “pummelled” his victim in a sustained assault that took place between five and ten minutes, Newport Crown Court heard.

His mother thought she was going to die in the brutal attack.

Prosecutor Pamela Kaiga showed Judge Nicola Jones graphic images of the horrific injuries the defendant inflicted on the complainant who worked for mobile phone giant Vodafone.

The side of her face had ballooned leaving her unable to open one of her eyes.

The 31-year-old Savery also trashed his mum’s home and screamed at her: “How am I supposed to live without a phone?”

Ms Kaiga told the court how he had demanded that she repair his mobile when it wasn’t working but she told him she couldn’t because it wasn’t her speciality.

The defendant, of Coychurch Rise, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage, the offences committed in Barry on July 28.

He had one previous conviction for criminal damage for smashing two windows at a restaurant in 2009.

John Hipkin, mitigating, said his client had suffered life-changing events recently, including the death of his step-father and the breakdown of his marriage.

He asked the court to take into account the defendant’s early guilty pleas.

Judge Jones said Savery had committed a “savage attack under the influence of alcohol”.

She told the defendant: “The facts in this case are rather disturbing. You became agitated when you couldn’t fix your mobile phone.

“You wrestled your mother’s phone off her and smashed it up.”

Judge Jones added: “You pummelled her repeatedly until she keeled over. You then hit the back of her head.

“She felt faint – she believed she was going to die. This was a sustained assault upon your mother.”

The judge said the only reason he stopped hitting her was that she told him she wouldn’t report him to the police.

Savery was jailed for 14 months and ordered to pay a victim surcharge upon his release from custody.