Mother-to-be used guitar to fend off attack

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A woman who was nine months pregnant was forced to try to defend herself with a child’s guitar against an attack on her by the father of her unborn child.

Wayne Kirtley pushed his ex on to a sofa and then on to the floor ripping her top and causing a graze to her knee.

Kirtley, a 26-year-old former warehouse manager, of Watson Road, South Shore, Blackpool, admitted assault. He was sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months, put on one year’s supervision and ordered to pay £50 compensation to his victim plus the £60 victims’ surcharge.

Blackpool magistrates also put him on a 12-month restraining order which bans him from contacting his ex and two children except for pre-arranged appointments made through solicitors or social services. Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Kirtley sent his ex a text which stated “Get off Facebook now or I’ll smash your mum’s windows” on May 5.

Later he went to collect some belongings from her address and there was a row.

He lunged at her and she picked up a child’s guitar to try to protect herself. He pushed her onto a sofa and then on to the floor.

The victim gave birth only days after the incident.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said: “Fortunately there were no injuries to the unborn child and no question of the child being born prematurely.”

The couple’s relationship came to an end when the victim suggested Kirtley had been unfaithful to her and there was no chance of a reconciliation.

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