Vic­tim played dead to es­cape part­ner at­tack

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - KAREN BRIT­TON

AWOMAN pre­tended to be dead in an at­tempt to stop an at­tack in which her part­ner stamped on her head and threat­ened to burn down the house, a court heard.

Michael Gre­gory, 29, at­tacked his part­ner dur­ing a row af­ter a Christ­mas party in their home, a court heard.

Mag­is­trates were told that Gre­gory fol­lowed the vic­tim up­stairs and started at­tack­ing her while she was in bed.

She pre­tended to stop breath­ing so that he would think she was dead, and fled into her chil­dren’s bed­room where he threat­ened to burn down the house, the court heard.

Gre­gory, of Mill Lane, Mac­cles­field, pleaded guilty to the as­sault on De­cem­ber 18, 2015 at Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates Court.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “He fol­lowed her up­stairs and con­tin­ued to ar­gue.

“He pulled the bed clothes away from her and started to punch and hit her.

“She kicked out to try to get him away.

“He stood on the bed and stamped on her head with his foot.

“She pre­tended to stop breath­ing so that he would think she was dead.

“He con­tin­ued to press his foot into her head and said he was go­ing to kill her.

“She was able to get away and went into the chil­dren’s bed­room.

“The com­plainant said she would call the po­lice and he said he was go­ing to burn the house down and they were all go­ing to die.”

The woman man­aged to call po­lice and on the 999 call the chil­dren could be heard cry­ing in back­ground.

Sam Flix­ter, de­fend­ing, said: “As you can see he’s ex­tremely re­morse­ful and ashamed.

“It stems from men­tal health is­sues which he failed to ad­dress un­til it got to this point.

“He’s on med­i­ca­tion for de­pres­sion and hav­ing Cog­ni­tive Be­havioural Ther­apy ses­sions but was hav­ing neg­a­tive thoughts.

“He works as a do­mes­tic carer and is a re­spected mem­ber of the team.”

Mag­is­trates fined him £225 and gave a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der with a re­quire­ment to at­tend a ‘build­ing bet­ter re­la­tion­ships’ pro­gramme.

He must pay £85 court costs and £60 vic­tim sur­charge.

Chair­man of the bench Jill Nolan said: “This is a very se­ri­ous in­ci­dent.

“The chil­dren must have been ter­ri­fied.”

Speak­ing af­ter the hear­ing, the vic­tim, who is still in a re­la­tion­ship with Gre­gory, said: “Michael and my­self are very much a cou­ple.

“As a fam­ily we are work­ing through this.

“The last two months have been hell and we just want to get on with our lives and get back to nor­mal.”

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