"The lives of these defendants have been blighted as a result of the fact that they haven't been able to see their grandchildren," said Mr Lidster.
"They would very much like to have access to them and to have had a relationship with the whole family.
"They realise a lot of bridges would have to be built before any reconciliation.
"What made him snap, he doesn't know. It was a controlled snap. He is horrified and devastated at the result of his actions, from the effect it has had on everyone, particularly the children.
"He bitterly regrets his actions. His remorse is genuine."What did he do? Cut them off the Christmas card list? Fail to buy them sweeties?
No, no. This is 2012. And it's Grimsby:
Dennis Bloomfield, 53, of Newhaven Terrace, Grimsby, admitted assaulting Graham Blakey, damaging a car belonging to his stepdaughter Shirlianne Kershaw, and having a lump hammer as an offensive weapon on March 26.
His wife, Wendy Bloomfield, 52, admitted assaulting her daughter, Miss Kershaw, and having a pickaxe handle as an offensive weapon.*sigh*