Dad avoids prison for assault

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A father who hurled a bottle which hit his five-week-old son on the head bruising his skull has avoided being sent to prison.

David Payne, 28, of Elmridge Crescent, Bispham, pleaded guilty to assault and using violence to enter an address.

He was sentenced to 20 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months and put on 18 months’ supervision by Blackpool magistrates, with a requirement he lived at his given address for six months.

Payne was also made the subject of an 18-month restraining order which bans him from contact with the mother of his son and only allows him supervised contact with his son.

The court was told that on November 14 Payne broke a door to get into the home he shared with his partner.

He was angry, called his partner names and then threw a baby’s bottle with some milk in it.

His partner had the baby in her arms and the bottle hit the child on the side of the head.

The baby suffered redness and bruising of the skull and spent time in hospital under observation.

Brett Chappell, defending, said his client had been horrified when shown pictures of his baby’s injury and he would live with the shame of what he had done for the rest of his life.

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