Man hit son with lamp on birthday after row over WiFi being cut off

Anthony McLaughlin turned on son Stuart at a property in Glasgow’s Springburn last year.

Anthony McLaughlin hit son with lamp on birthday after WiFi row in Glasgow’s Springburn SNS Group

A dad hit his son with a lamp on his birthday after a row about the WiFi being cut off.

Anthony McLaughlin, 58, turned on Stuart McLaughlin, 22, at a property in Glasgow’s Springburn on October 4, 2021.

Stuart had earlier left Anthony’s birthday dinner as the pair had squabbled during it.

Anthony then lashed out after Stuart argued back home about the WiFi.

Stuart was left needing ten staples to his head. 

Anthony pled guilty today at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the assault to Stuart’s severe injury.

The court heard the family were at a restaurant celebrating Anthony’s 58th birthday in Glasgow city centre.

Prosecutor Mark Allan said there was “squabbling” throughout the day and the meal.

Stuart left the meal early leaving behind his brother and sister.

Allan said: “Back at home around 11.30 Stuart went to the living room where his father was sitting to complain about the Wifi which had been cut.

“The argument continued and Stuart went to his bedroom.”

Stuart threw various items which did not belong to him into the hallway.

Allan added: “Anthony came across the mess and went into the bedroom before striking him on the head with a lamp with a ceramic base.”

Stuart went to hospital while Anthony admitted his actions to police. 

Allan said: “Stuart was treated with ten staples on his head on a wound to his scalp.”

Sentence was deferred until the end of the month pending background reports by Sheriff Andrew Cubie.

Anthony, now of the city’s Balornock, was granted bail meantime.

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