A son who attacked his mother and tried to strangle her in their Perthshire home has been jailed for six years.

Greg Smith (23) punched and kicked Jill Smith at the property in Victoria Place, Blairgowrie, before telling her he was going to kill her.

At the High Court in Perth last Friday (21 November), Smith admitted endangering his mother’s life and restricting her breathing on 27 January 2014.

He was initially facing an attempted murder charge.

Judge Lord Bannatyne told Smith: “On any view this is a dreadful crime, involving a vicious, unprovoked, cowardly and sustained attack by you on your mother, in which her life was clearly in danger.” The court heard that at about midnight, Smith had entered his mother’s bedroom and told her he was going to cook a meal. She stated it was rather late.

Smith then returned with a knife and his mother called 999, which the court heard prompted her son to “flip”.

Ms Smith was unable to control her bladder and was then further assaulted for urinating near her son’s hat.

She suffered a dozen separate injuries in the attack.

Smith was traced nearby and told officers he had “just snapped” claiming his mother had told him in a prior argument that she wished he had never been born.

Ronnie Renucci, defending, told the court that the mother-son relationship had been ended by the incident.