A JUDGE has condemned a man who shoved a woman to the ground causing a serious head injury, telling him: “You could have killed her”.
Preston Crown Court heard how Aaron Beanland had roughly pushed the victim over, resulting in her striking her head on the concrete pathway, when she went to his home to inquire over the whereabouts of her partner’s dog.
When she stumbled back to her feet he shoved her a second time, resulting in her falling down, injuring her face.
The victim ended up with a nasty gash to her scalp and a CT scan showed she had a serious bleed to the brain.
Beanland, 27, admitted grievous bodily harm.
Jailing him for two years, the judge Mr Justice Butterfield told him: “It was a significant head injury. You could frankly have killed her, as I’m sure you realise.”
The incident took place when the victim went to Beanland’s address on Cavendish Road, Bispham, on May 17 last year.
Julie Taylor, prosecuting, said the victim’s partner’s dog was said to have been taken as security for a debt.
There was a discussion on the doorstep but Beanland (pictured) then shoved her in the chest and she fell backwards, striking her head on the pathway.
The defendant stood over her and grabbed her by the throat so she bit his fingers.
She got up and tried to limp away, but Beanland ran at her and pushed her to the ground again. This time she fell face down and ended up with a cut lip and bruising.
Miss Taylor added: “She appeared limp and unconscious.
“She didn’t get up a second time. She was dragged by others to a waiting car and taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital”.
The victim discharged herself from hospital the same day, but returned 24 hours later, complaining of headaches and vomitting.
A CT scan showed she had a serious bleed to the brain and she was admitted to hospital.
She spent four nights in hospital before discharging herself.
Images of her injuries and a bite mark to Beanland’s hand were produced in court.
Beanland had a number of previous convictions including a 2002 conviction for aggravated burglary, where he hit a householder to the head and face with a shovel.
Saul Brady, defending, said his client had not gone looking for trouble that night but trouble had come to him.
He said Beanland, described as a devoted family man, had been visited by an irate female who remonstrated with him.
He added: “There was no intention to cause injury.
“It must have been forseeable pushing somebody backwards, with some force, might result in someone sustaining an injury of some sort.”
He pushed the victim a second time in a moment of loss of self control, at a time feelings were running high, the barrister added.
He said; “The defendant has had time to reflect since being returned to custody.
“There was no pre-meditation, no weapon, no punches and no kicks.”