A BARNSLEY man assaulted his grandmother who had looked after him virtually all his life.

Kieron Wright, 21, had to pay for solicitor Gus Kennedy to represent him at Barnsley Magistrates' Court because he could not get legal aid.

Wright was ordered to pay £150 in compensation to his grandmother Geraldine Russell, 64, after grabbing her by the arm and opening a partially healed wound.

Mr Kennedy said Wright, of Coniston Drive, Bolton-upon-Dearne, had lived with Mrs Russell since he was a child. He said one of her rules was that Wright must be back home by 11pm when he was working.

Wright, who works at a car parts manufacturer, came in at 11.30pm and there was a row. Mrs Russell wanted to kick him out after the assault but had forgiven him after he expressed regret.

Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting, said Mrs Russell bruised easily because she takes warfarin for a heart problem.

"A partially healed wound on Mrs Russell's arm started bleeding after Mr Wright grabbed it," she said.

Wright, who admitted assault, was given a 12-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £35 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.