Terror of woman held prisoner in her own home
ATERRIFIED woman ‘thought she would die’ and became a ‘prisoner in her own home’ during a three-hour spree of violence by her partner.
Daniel Shaun Davidson, 37, choked and smothered his girlfriend as well as punching and kicking her, Burnley Crown Court heard.
Davidson also repeatedly kicked his girlfriend’s puppy during the assault, the court heard.
Prosecutor Alaric Bassano said the incident happened on the morning of November 2 at a house they shared on Monk Street, Accrington.
Mr Bassano said the couple had been together for around six months prior to the attack and the victim told police Davidson was ‘volatile, short tempered, abusive and prone to mood swings’.
The previous night the couple had been out to a local pub but the victim had gone home alone where in an emotional state she smashed a pic- ture of the couple which was in the bedroom. The following day at 8am she awoke and found several missed calls and texts from Davidson.
Mr Bassano said: “He called her and asked if he could come home.
“When she said no he said ‘too late I’m on my way’ and arrived about five minutes later.”
The court heard that from the moment he arrived at the house he was violent and abusive.
“He saw the broken picture and said ‘is that how much I mean to you?,” said Mr Bassano.
“He came at her in the bedroom, he punched, kicked and kneed her, she ended up on the floor curled up in a ball to protect herself.
“She had a panic attack and went for her asthma inhaler but Davidson stood on the inhaler, trying to destroy it.”
The court heard that at one point Davidson kicked the victim’s puppy which was on the bed saying ‘what’s that dog doing here?’.
When the woman tried to escape by going downstairs Davidson followed and took her keys, locking the doors.
“She became a prisoner in her own home,” said Mr Bassano.
Later in the morning Davidson covered his partner’s nostrils and mouth with his hand and placed his hands around her neck.
Mr Bassano said ‘this caused her to believe she was going to die’.
Towards the end of the attack Davidson told her it was her fault saying ‘look what you have made me do’.
The woman managed to escape at around 11.30am after Davidson fell asleep on the bed.
She immediately called police and he was arrested.
Davidson, of Gordon Street, Darwen, admitted one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Defence barrister Robert Smith said his only mitigation was his early guilty plea. He was jailed for 32 months.
Daniel Shaun Davidson