Ter­ror of woman held pris­oner in her own home

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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

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