Flat attack nightmare

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A woman subjected to a violent attack by her ex-husband eventually decided to “play dead” to try to end her ordeal.

Preston Crown Court heard the victim thought she would die after being punched and kicked.

She ended up covered in blood at a flat.

But her attacker, John Waddington, could remember nothing of the events, due to drink.

The 57-year-old precision engineer, of Carleton Avenue, Layton, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court heard the pair had been in a relationship for around eight years and had a short-lived marriage. They still saw each other during an intervening period.

Kirsten McAteer, prosecuting, said Waddington asked for a meeting and they spent the evening together before she decided to leave.

She asked him to phone a cab but he told her she was not going anywhere and grabbed her by the hair.

Miss McAteer said “He dragged her into the bedroom and punched and kicked her to the head and face. She said he was like a madman.

“The more she said ‘let me go’, the more he kicked and punched her.

“He said ‘you are dead. I’ll kill you’”.

He was also said to have used a kitchen drawer to strike her at one stage.

The woman was able to get out of the flat and get help. She was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where a cut to the right side of her head was glued.

She had been in a very distressed state when seen by police.

Julie Taylor, defending, said her client was a ‘thorough gentleman’ when sober but had behaved in an appalling manner when drunk.

Judge Recorder Mukhtar Hussain QC added: “There is no doubt in my mind this was a very serious assault.”

Waddington was given 12 months prison, suspended for two years, with two years supervision, and was put on an indefinite restraining order.

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