Heston Blumenthals mother lived in fear of drunken sister who smashed her

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She faced two charges of assault by beating in connection with the alleged incidents, which were claimed to have taken place on October 7 in East Street, Thame, and on September 9 at Aston Park in Watlington, Oxon. Chef Heston BlumenthalCredit:Andrew Crowley The case was adjourned until 11 January. Bail conditions mean Blumenthal cannot contact her mother or call at her house unless accompanied by a police officer with the purpose to collect her own belongings from the property. The prosecution lawyer said the victim had just driven her daughter home and parked outside her house on East Street in Thame when the younger woman “grabbed Mrs Blumenthal’s head before slamming it into the car frame three or four times.”She added that the witness had heard the defendant screaming “you f—— bitch, I’m going to kill you” before going out onto the street and calling the police, at which point the altercation stopped and the younger woman left the scene.Defence lawyer Angela Porter said: “Mrs Blumenthal has reflected on all that has been going on and is aware that her mother has attended court to give evidence.She said that on the night of the first offence, the defendant had been drinking but had been certain in her own mind that she had not done what her mother said she had done.However, after learning that her mother was going to give evidence against her, Mrs Blumenthal had decided to change her plea to guilty, explaining that “if her mother said so that’s what she must have done.”Ms Porter added: “Her mother rented a flat for her which she moved into in September.”Her mother is no longer paying the rent for her and Mrs Blumenthal is having difficulties paying for it herself.” Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal’s mother lived in fear of being attacked by his drunken sister who smashed her head into a car, a court heard.The pensioner had to have a lock put on her bedroom door in fear daughter Alexis Blumenthal would kill her with a knife.The chef’s sister yesterday admitted two charges of assaulting her own mother, Celia.The 48-year-old, who arrived at court wearing dark sunglasses despite the dismal weather, told magistrates she wanted to change her earlier “not guilty” pleas to admit the two offences, the first of which took place in her 76-year-old mother’s home and the second on the street in front of her own home.The defendant was said to have been drunk when she went upstairs to her mother’s bedroom, punched her in the face a number of times and then tried to push her down the stairs.In the second attack, the pair had been arguing outside the older woman’s car when the defendant grabbed her head and slammed it into the side of the vehicle.Blumenthal, of ​Thame, Oxon., was arrested in October when she failed to appear in court and released on bail provided she attended on Monday afternoon. Prosecution lawyer Katie Jeanes said: “The first of the offences took place in September this year. The defendant and Celia Blumenthal, who is her mother, had been to the Shepherds Crook public house.”Mrs Blumenthal’s daughter had been drinking before they returned to her mother’s address at about 5pm or 6pm in the evening.”She said it had been a few hours later when Celia had gone to bed and her daughter took her medication upstairs, that the first altercation took place.The prosecutor explained: “The defendant grabbed hold of Mrs Blumenthal’s hair and punched her several times and the last punch caught her on the left cheek causing bruising and pain.”The defendant pushed her in the back with open hands. Mrs Blumenthal had to hold onto the stair banister to prevent herself from going down the stairs.”In total Mrs Blumenthal thinks the defendant must have hit her six or seven times and she described her daughter as ‘being in a frenzy’.”On October 7 this year the police were contacted by a member of the public, referred to as Mrs Lambert, after she saw an incident in the town centre of Thame, involving the defendant and Mrs Blumenthal again.” Chef Heston Blumenthal In a victim impact statement which was read out in court, Mrs Blumenthal senior said her daughter had gone to live at her address after returning from South Africa, where she had lived for a considerable part of her life.She said that after a few months, maids had begun to find bottles of alcohol hidden around the house and that she had hidden them fearing for her daughter’s wellbeing. This, she said, was when the “verbal and violent abuse” began.”It was as if she had the strength of 10 men,” elderly Celia said.”There would be times when I would wake up to her standing beside my bed. I do believe that the rages were so bad that if she had access to a knife she would have used it against me.”By August her behaviour had become too much and I did not want to live in fear anymore. I kept thinking: ‘Is she standing outside my house? Has she let herself in and is she going to attack me again?”last_img read more

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